Psychotherapy In “The Plague Year.”
In 1665 the author Daniel DeFoe (“Robinson Crusoe”) wrote his “Journal of the Plague Year,” a breathtaking, tragic account of the devastating bubonic plague that struck his native city of London. Read Defoe’s journal Click Here
How little things have changed in 355 years! The pain and suffering recounted by the author in those ancient times is a fact of everyday life in this contemporary “Plague Year.” The anguish that DeFoe so eloquently expressed is now being experienced by us.
The entire world is now enduring the “Plague” of the Covid-19 pandemic; one that has horrific implications for our physical and mental well-being. Unprecedented in modern times, this infection requires those of us in the helping professions to be especially conscious of its impact and to address the concerns of our patients with compassionate psychological treatment methods designed to help lessen the anxiety and suffering that they bring to our attention.
A colleague has suggested that a timely topic for this week’s blog would center around coping strategies for us to employ during this tragic episode in our collective lives. Since that conversation, I have given the matter a great deal of thought. The suggestion is timely and I will address it here from my own perspective, that of my profession as a therapist.