The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has taken the world by storm, leaving many people looking for answers. This type of pandemic is simply unprecedented in the modern era, with many people comparing it to the outbreak of the Spanish flu back in 1918, which claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people. The public response to this pandemic has been a challenge and with the internet playing a major role in the development and spread of information related to this pandemic, this is having a profound impact on a society that is in a state of perpetual flux. Therefore, it is important for everyone to take care of their mental health during this difficult time. There are a few points that people need to keep in mind.
What Is a Pandemic?
A pandemic is a bacterial, viral, or other pathological infection that spreads throughout the world and infects a large number of people. It is usually accompanied by a high degree of death. While the definition of a pandemic is arbitrary and is declared by regulatory health organizations, it is much larger in spread than an epidemic, which tends to infect a limited area of the world. In contrast, a pandemic usually spreads to nearly every corner of the Earth. It is rare in nature but large in scope.
What Are the Psychological Aspects of a Pandemic?
The psychological aspects of a pandemic are tremendous. Particularly as it relates to this pandemic, many people are forced to stay in their homes for an extended period of time. They might not be used to this type of environment. This can strain relationships with family members and friends as cabin fever starts to take hold.
In addition, people are dealing with a simultaneous fear of the unknown. This isn’t just for them but for their friends and family members as well. People might not know what to believe and the spread of misinformation can plant seeds of doubt and fear.
What Should People Who Have Existing Mental Health Conditions Do During This Time?
Countless individuals and families across the United States deal with mental health issues and this pandemic can make it even harder for them to manage. It is important for those who need help with mental health issues to talk to people. Reach out to family members and friends. Ask for support.
Furthermore, remember that many healthcare providers have telemedicine opportunities, where people can speak to mental health professionals over the phone or via video conferencing technology. There are also mental health hotlines available for those with emergencies. Take advantage of these resources.
What Are the Signs of Mental Health Struggles During a Pandemic?
There are a few signs and symptoms that people are struggling with their mental health during this pandemic. First, those with mental health struggles will often have trouble sleeping at night. They might also notice that their appetite has changed. Finally, they will also develop emotional lability. This means having a mood that shifts frequently from happiness to sadness and even anger. Everyone must remember that there are mental health resources available for those in need.