Unmanageable death anxiety can lead to psychosis, as in the case of a woman who pivoted from ordinary unhappiness at her divorce to paranoid hallucinations and delusions that she was living in a police state, and authorities were imposing restrictions in order to kill her.
The personal and the collective reverberate. COVID death anxiety inundates American society. But we also live in the shadow of the apocalyptic twins of nuclear and climate threat, which further fuel the newly terrorizing COVID anxiety.The psychological pandemic: Can we confront our death anxiety? – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists