This blog post by Norvergence is to aware people regarding the psychological or mental health consequences of Coronavirus (COVID- 19)
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting monetary downturn have adversely influenced numerous individuals’ mental health and made new boundaries for people who have already experienced psychological maladjustment and substance use disorders.
According to a KFF poll that is released in April 2020, nearly 45 percent of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been badly affected due to stress and worry from the virus. Following are some of the issues reported, divided into three categories:
Norvergence: Signs of Depression
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- Significant weight loss or gain
- A lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities
Norvergence: Signs of Anxiety
- Feeling Overwhelmed by emotions
- Persistent Worry
- Irritability and Restlessness
Norvergence: Signs of Panic Attacks
- Feelings of Dread
- Rapid Heart Rate
- A Pounding Heart
- Shortness of Breath
- Feeling of Choking
Norvergence: Background of Mental Health in the US
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about one out of five of U.S. grown-ups reported having a psychological instability in the previous year, and more than 11 million had a serious dysfunctional behavior.
The frequency of depression and anxiety was likewise high: In 2017-2018, almost 17 million grown-ups and 3 million young people had a significant depression in the previous year. In 2018, about a third (32.5%) of grown-ups revealed feeling stressed, apprehensive, or anxious on a day by day, week after week, or month to month basis.
Covid-19 is more Dangerous
Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway wrote in her blog post and Norvergence quotes: “When people experience stress, we naturally want to escape it, usually by finding something that feels familiar, comforting, and routine. COVID-19 is unique because it is not only adding stress to our lives but has also taken away predictable outlets for dealing with that stress.”
The pandemic is probably going to have both long-and short-term ramifications for psychological health and substance use. Those with psychological instability and substance use disorders pre-pandemic, and those recently influenced, will probably require mental health and substance use administrations.
Constrained access to psychological health care and substance use treatment is because of a lack of emotional health experts, which will probably be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Norvergence believes that information will be required to gauge coronavirus impact on emotional health and substance use. The increased requirement for psychological health and substance use services will probably turn into a major problem even after new cases and deaths due to the virus subside.