OPINION | Leonard Carr: How South Africans should respond to the crisis of the past week

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How does one hold on to sanity and hope when it seems Pollyanna is counter-intuitive to one's survival, asks clinical psychologist Leonard Carr. 

South Africa, as a nation, was just starting to emerge from the fatigue and despair of the seemingly endless pandemic. With the start of vaccinations, it seemed the sun was starting to break through, after the seemingly endless season of overcast, dreary months of the pandemic. The third wave was a clear sign the end was far from over.

Hope for many, especially for those whose livelihoods have been devastated by the pandemic, seemed even more elusive. The constant news referring to state capture and the damage it has done have been like a drone in the background, gnawing away at any positivity or optimism that people have been trying at all costs to hold on to. It was increasingly starting to feel, for many, if not most people, that the pervasive sense of anxiety and despair was never going leave us.

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