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Experts: panic buying isn't necessary

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 07:50:17-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Experts say it’s good to be prepared for emergencies. Many suggest having a two-weeks supply of water, food and medicine. However, with stores struggling to keep essential items on the shelves right now, they are telling people there’s a difference between preparing and panic buying.

Experts understand that panic buying is rooted in fear and uncertainty and stocking up is a way to feel in control of the situation. They say there’s also a biological factor, as some brains are wired to react more strongly to stress and unknown situations.

However, they say panic buying drains the supply for those in need and really doesn’t work to cure anxious feelings.

“What a lot of people experience is, ‘Okay, my pantry is full and my shelves are stocked, but I still feel this high level of anxiety. And now what?,’” said Dr. Stephanie Gorka, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Gorka suggests finding ways to manage your anxiety, whether that’s limiting social media, practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or speaking with a professional through telehealth services. Also, it’s important to realize that feeling anxiety during this time is normal.