Pandemic raising concerns over mental health, domestic violence

Dr. Alexandra Stratyner is giving tips on what residents can do to protect themselves and their neighbors.

News 12 Staff

Apr 18, 2020, 3:32 PM

Updated 1,500 days ago

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The coronavirus pandemic is bringing mental health concerns to the forefront, according to psychologists.
Dr. Alexandra Stratyner is giving tips on what residents can do to protect themselves and their neighbors.
"We have good reason to believe that coronvirus and particularly social distancing secondary to coronavirus can have some substantial mental health impacts," says Dr. Stratyner.
Dr. Stratyner says the pandemic is causing financial stress, uncertainty about the future and many people are grieving the loss of loved ones. In addition, social distancing is leaving many people feeling isolated.

"If you are isolating with someone that could aggravate existing discord, including marital problems or difficulty within families," says Dr. Stratyner.
This is raising concerns for domestic violence.
Tragedy has already struck twice this month, with two murder-suicides in Westchester County.
The most recent happened Thursday in North Salem, where state police found the bodies of a couple in their 60s. Police believe Barry Naderman shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
The first incident happened back on April 5 in Mount Vernon. In that case, officials say a man allegedly killed his wife and 12-year-old daughter, then himself.
Dr. Stratyner says domestic violence is likely under-reported during this time.
She says neighbors and loved ones should look out for signs that someone they know is experiencing domestic violence and either connect them to resources or call police.


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