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Anxiety disorder crisis: how much are we missing hugs?


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by Filomena Kaguako
31st Jan 2021

Read time: 7 mins

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It's been nearly a year since we kissed our friends, hugged our grannies or simply touched someone outside our 'bubble'. Filomena Kaguako asks, what will the long lasting effect of this lack of physical interaction be?

With a return to a 5km travel limit, a ban on household visits and inter-country travel, government guidelines continue to raise burning questions for social butterflies – are face to face interactions no longer important? What will the long lasting effects of social deprivation be? Will it be a challenge to get back to the level of interaction we had in a pre-Covid world? Integrative humanistic psychotherapist Barbara Mahon says humans are inherently social creatures...

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