Mental health effects of Covid-19 Pandemic Mental health effects of Covid-19 Pandemic

Mental health effects of Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected the mental health of many people and created new barriers for people who already suffer from mental illness and substance abuse diseases.
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Mental health took a toll on many people worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, social distancing practices and economic downturns challenged accessing mental health or drug use services during these times.

Research links social isolation and loneliness to poor mental health. The data from late March shows that higher amounts of people sheltering in place (47%) report negative mental health effects related to coronavirus. Compared to those not sheltering-in-place (37%). In particular, isolation and loneliness during the pandemic may present mental well-being risks for households with adolescents and for older adults. The share of older adults (ages 65 and up) reporting negative mental well-being impacts has increased since March.

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Data overview

  • Women with children under the age of 18 are more likely to report negative mental well-being impacts than men.
  • Job loss is associated with increased depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. This may lead to higher rates of substance abuse and suicide.
  • More than half of the people losing income or employment report negative mental well-being impacts from worry or stress over coronavirus.
  • People earning less report higher rates of major negative mental health impacts compared to people with a higher income.

Initially, most countries and local governments required the closing of most businesses and schools. A declared mandatory stay-at-home order followed. This generally included prohibiting large gatherings, requiring quarantine for travelers. The government encouraged social distancing. Until this day, it is unknown how long general social distancing practices will last.

Expert Advice on Mental Health

The World Health Organization released a list of considerations to address the mental well-being of the general population and specific, high-risk groups. The United Nations put forth recommendations for addressing and minimizing poor mental health outcomes. This includes incorporating mental well-being in national COVID-19 responses and increasing access to mental well-being care through telemedicine. Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that while little is known about COVID-19 concerning substance use, there are potential associations between severe COVID-19 and substance use disorder.

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The pandemic will have both long- and short-term implications for mental well-being and substance use. Particularly, for groups likely at risk of new mental health struggles. An analysis shows that psychological distress can last up to three years after an outbreak. There is an effort to establish a better response to the effects of COVID-19 on mental well-being.

Dr. Schwingshandl, a psychiatrist dealing with mental health issues in the young society, gives practical advice on her social media channels. She recommends contacting a trustworthy person when feelings of loneliness and occur. Having a clear routine also helps to combat feeling overwhelmed during times of social distancing and isolation.

Another high-risk group facing potential long-term mental health impacts are those experiencing job loss and income insecurity. An analysis projects that based on the economic downturn, an additional 75,000 deaths due to suicide and alcohol or drug misuse may occur by 2029. The discussion for further actions to alleviate the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The increased need for mental well-being and substance use services could continue long term even as new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus decrease.

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