For some, the emergence of COVID-19 was completely unexpected. Almost everyone had to stay put at their residences; many were afraid; and a great many more had to give up their occupations. Serious health problems, and even death, affected many people’s lives. Therefore, the devastation caused by the epidemic is still being felt today, years after it first appeared. I mean that in both the literal and figurative senses.
Fear and Low Spirits
Since the pandemic began, there has been a dramatic increase in cases of depression among both children and adults. Many factors contribute to this, including the loneliness and isolation that might result from being at home all the time. As a result, many individuals began to fret about their futures, whether it be for their careers or in trying to estimate how long the pandemic would last.
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Many people today have PTSD because of the spread of COVID-19. Closures occurred shortly after the pandemic’s fast spread. Uncertainty about the future and the relentless nature of the news cycle may both increase the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms include an inability to fall or stay asleep, an overwhelming dread of heights, and a general sense of disconnection or numbness.
The Stages of Grieving
People all throughout the world were touched by the pandemic, and many lost loved ones as a result. In 2020, COVID-19 caused a 9.3 percent mortality rate, the highest since World War II. Mourning is an essential aspect of coping with loss, but the pandemic has made it more difficult to mourn in general. Funerals and other major public events have been delayed or canceled, preventing many people from saying their final goodbyes in person. Because it may feel hopeless to go on, grieving may intensify.
A person suffering from agoraphobia has an intense aversion to social situations that involve being in a large group of people or being in large crowds. Even worse was the fact that all external power sources had been cut. Since many persons with agoraphobia have developed a pathological fear of contracting or being near infectious diseases, many agoraphobics are now confined to their homes and live completely alone.
Depression or Substance Abuse as a Precursor to Suicidal Thinking or Behavior
Some people who have been affected by COVID-19 have even considered suicide as a result. If they already had mental health problems before the epidemic, it may have been far more devastating. Some people have turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of numbing their feelings about what has transpired.
Unfortunately, many individuals still have the false belief that accessing mental health services is difficult. More and more clinics are starting to provide online sessions to their clients as a means of easing their stress. As a result, MellaHealth is able to offer online counseling in Connecticut.
We don’t think you should have to deal with the effects of your mental illness alone, even if you’re still afraid to leave the house. We are aware of how critical it is. Our experts will help you cope to the best of your abilities after we’ve matched you with the right individual.
A recent study found that the rate of those suffering from anxiety and depression has increased by 50% since the pandemic began. There’s a chance you fit that description. Don’t let the effects of COVID-19 dictate how you live your life. Get in contact with MellaHealth today to set up your no-cost initial appointment.