I close my eyes and just look back that how life was before this pandemic. Everything was perfect but now it looks like a dream. No more gatherings, social distancing, economic downfall and continuous fear of this virus. The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2019 has progressed to the status of a global pandemic. All of us are struggling to get back to how it was before, but no one knows how much time it will take to be in a normal situation.
Increasing mental health issues
Due to this virus, everything is being changed. Not only our daily life has changed, but our working environment is also changing in many ways. In this situation, many of us also have fear of losing our jobs and loved ones. This pandemic is definitely leading to increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. At this crucial time not only our physical health is at risk but we are facing increased risk to our mental health. Such issues and situations are likely to increase stress levels and may bring negative psychiatric effects. The impact is likely to be felt by the general public, sufferers of COVID-19, their families and friends, and healthcare workers.
Ways to cope with stressful conditions
Everyone reacts differently in different situations. In this difficult time, the older population may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis because they are at higher risk. Many people have lost their jobs. The people who are suffering already from psychiatric mental health issues may have more adverse effects. It is our duty to take care of ourselves and our community. Things to consider:
- Listening to or discussing the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of yourself through relaxation, meditation and exercise.
- Try to do some other activities you enjoy that are does not involve gathering indoors or with large crowds.
- Connect with others in any way possible including virtual means..
Need Professional Help?
If anyone is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feelings that you want to harm yourself or others then definitely it’s time to contact a mental health professional for psychiatric help. The people who are already suffering from mental health issues should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. At this time when there is a continuous fear of the virus and everyone avoids visiting any clinic or hospital, Telepsych is often the best option. It’s actually the delivery of psychiatric care and assessment through technology like video conferencing and other telecommunication sources. If you are looking for such help, consider The Neuropsychiatric Clinic as your provider of choice. The providers are always ready to help you through in-person with strict protocols within the clinic and the use of telehealth services in this pandemic. Feel free to contact us today.