News By/Courtesy: Athul Joseph | 01 Jun 2020 15:01pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Massive lockdowns are adversely affecting the mental health of large populations.
  • Pre existing mental health conditions are also taking a hit.
  • mental health issues are becoming much more difficult to diagnose.

The pandemic was not only successful in curbing a large population to the restraining four walls of their home rather it had a mammoth toll on the mental health of the people. The situation in hand is nothing like we have ever experienced and the fear, stress, and concern are natural reactions. Social distancing is not what humans are wired and the worldwide lockdown is sowing the seeds of a major mental health crisis, whether it be the fear of getting sick, anxious about what the future might hold, the anxiety of loss of employment, alcoholic abuse or even domestic violence. The phycological stress is widespread and it is gradually multiplied for the ones who have been already suffering from mental illness. The cloud of stigma and personal struggles tends to mask the mental health problems making it far more difficult to not only diagnose but to identify.
There are around 450 million people with pre-existing mental health issues and people during the crisis bear down an try to get through it which is what all are trying to do. There is going to be residual stress depression and certainly financial pressures in learning how to re-engage with the world post the pandemic. This process of “getting back to normal” or adapting to the post-pandemic world is exactly the kinds of risk factors that lead to increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and even suicide. The rapid spread gave little or no chance to prepare for all that has happened in terms of job losses and the complete uprooting of everyday life and relationships. The pandemic could exasperate the symptoms of those who are previously suffering from anxiety and depression. Studies have proved that there is a close relationship between unemployment, mental health, and suicide. An immediate threat such as this forces a person to go into survival mode which can be very taxing on a person’s mental health. And this can cause people to start retreat and fall into depression and find many other ways in dissociating themselves with the trauma they have experienced.
The reorganization and scaling up of mental health on a global scale is a necessity and an opportunity to build up a mental health system that is apt and necessary for future generations.  Support groups for the vulnerable should be encouraged along with training and educating health systems leaders concerning psychosocial issues. As just like the pathogen mental health doesn’t have a vaccine and its high time we address the mammoth issues and trauma mental health can hold.
THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUALCOMMUNITYSECTOR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(AAND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIAFOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 13:56pm IST


Tags : mental health , anxiety , depression

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