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Mental health expert says 'social distancing' is healthy, isolation is not

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS) -- A mid-state mental health professional says he’s seeing anxiety grow right along with the number of COVID-19 cases reported.

Tom Starling of Nashville’s Mental Health America of the MidSouth says it's important to find healthy ways to manage stress.

"A lot of people are asking themselves, 'Am I going to have a job? Is my health going to be OK?' There's a lot of unknowns. I would just really encourage people to stay connected with friends and family. Don't just text but talk (by phone). "

Starling says social media can feed hysteria. He recommends spending less time on Twitter and Facebook and more time looking at updates from the Centers for Disease Control, along with those from state and local health officials.