Mental Health & Post-Covid Syndrome
Covid-19 is racking up an extensive death toll but the pandemic is affecting people’s mental health too.
A study of 69 million individuals was conducted to study their mental health status during the pandemic. Out of them 62, 354 were diagnosed with mental health issues like anxiety disorders, insomnia, delirium, post-traumatic stress disorder, manic symptoms, poor memory, brain fog and dementia.
There is some data to suggest that people with pre-existing mental disorders like ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia were more prone to getting infected with Covid-19.
This study also identified the stressors which are causing an increase in the mental health disorders like - emotional burdens, social isolation, unemployment and economic losses, working from home while caring for children and other family members, working as essential workers to keep the economy alive and the healthcare workers who have sacrificed everything to take care of Covid patients.
The stressors for healthcare workers are - lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), fears of virus exposure, burnout, patients dying in spite of efforts to save them, and difficult decisions about which patients should receive limited resources and PTSD.
Some other people are also experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder, social isolation, fear of being targeted by anti-Asian racists, and general panic.
Women on the other hand have experienced twice as much rise in mental health issues like depression and anxiety, dissociative disorder, OCD and suicidal ideation. Due to the rising cases of domestic violence against women in the pandemic, women are feeling suffocated. Pregnant women are facing increased pressure and trauma which can have long-term effects on the babies born during the pandemic.
The only way to combat these mental health effects of the pandemic is to find people who will support you - be it mental health professionals, support communities on social media, spiritual & religious services, and 12-step programs.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues, our expert providers at Specialty Care Clinics will take care of your health and help you recover.