New jobs, new homes, new babies: Some feel guilty about celebrating right now. But should they?
CLOSE Kelly Ripa confesses that her kids have not hugged her during the recent global health crisis. USA TODAY Amid the grim coronavirus headlines, there is good news to be found.Babies are being born. Couples are getting married. High schoolers are receiving college acceptance letters.But with thousands dying from COVID-19 and scores of Americans losing their jobs from the resulting economic slowdown, many are hesitant to share their uplifting stories. Instead of feeling happy, they’re wracked with guilt.Mental health experts say that’s understandable, but likely unwarranted.”It’s certainly a normal reaction, feeling guilt about doing well when others don’t,” says Dr. Renee Binder, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and former president of the American Psychiatric Association. “The issue is that those things are not related. It’s absolutely nothing that they did. Life goes on, even during times of extreme stress.”More: 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemicThe feelings are similar to survivor’s guilt, Binder says, when someone who lived through a plane crash or mass shooting wonders why they’re still alive when others aren’t. She suggests talking with others about what you’re feeling rather than keeping your emotions bottled up.”You have to