Is COVID-19 Apocalyptic?

by Dr. Bridget Melson, MFT, Psy.D

I have talked about COVID-19 being spiritual in nature as one could rationalize that most pandemics or world crises will naturally feel like they have a spiritual component. Instances like these can make anyone have a “come to Jesus” moment. But is this in line with the Apocalypse of the Bible?

New York hospitals are calling what they are seeing an “apocalyptic surge” (GHN).

A spokesman for the UN commented that, anything short of a commitment to helping the world in this time, “would lead to a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions affecting us all.”

As we get closer to the apex, it will feel more and more “apocalyptic” in nature and all can agree on that. Add the fires in Australia, the surge of earthquakes throughout the United States and the Locusts in Africa and even the most atheistic minded individual cannot deny the apocalyptic feeling that permeates the air around us.

But is what we are seeing truly an “Apocalypse”, and if so, what does that really mean? Read more

Covid-19: Let’s Talk About What Kids’ Are Thinking (by a kid for kids)

I’m Allie, and I am 10 years old and one of your average kids. I am in the 5th grade and like most kids in America, if not around the world, I am home and have to stay put. Until now, I didn’t quite understand why I was out of school, why my dad is working from home, why our stores are all out of food and why I am doing school online–until I looked it all up and talked to my mom.

I hear parents helping people out there, especially my mom since she works in the mental health field and has been helping people deal with their emotions around this new weird virus thing. But no one is talking to kids. No one is answering their questions or talking about what we should do about this virus, how we should handle it, how serious it is and really just making us feel like we are a part of it all.

We ARE part of it all. We hear you talk. We see the news on. We hear the political whispers, and kids should not be ignored anymore, especially now.

So, to help parents understand us, and to make kids feel like they are normal, here are some things from a kids’ perspective on COVID-19 for BOTH kids and parents. Listen up! Read more