The Covid-19 virus is not only affecting our physical health, but psychological agony is also on the higher side. Emotional soundness is a fundamental element of mankind. It elevates us to enjoy our life and involve ourselves in social activities. The mental health issue is a hidden virus that is affecting us for a very long period, one in every four having this sickness in our community. The pandemic eventually is triggering the mental instability of mankind and putting themselves in a more distressful situation.
Lockdown is meant to prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, to protect ourselves and others. This means, not stepping out of the house except for buying necessities. But we should keep in mind that moving out of the house to buy the daily necessities doesn’t mean we should not protect ourselves and take precautionary measures, such as wearing masks and gloves and sanitizing ourselves.
The virus enforced us to see something that we have never seen before. Life in lockdown is not an easy task to deal with; the economic wheel has almost stopped, loss of jobs leading to financial insecurity is now creating life vulnerable. This in turn creates uncertainty about future pushing many towards taking impulsive decisions. Above everything grief at the loss of loved ones is unbearable. Each of these has its socio-economic trigger to deepen the distress. Thus, it can be said that the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are different for different socio-demographic groups, which need to be overcome without being panic-stricken.
Adolescent Mental Health
Across the globe most of us are forced to remain at home instead of work or school. Majority of children and adolescents are experiencing a state of physical isolation from their friends, as well as teachers, extended family, and community networks. While adults has generally led to negative psychological effects, including anger, confusion, and post-traumatic distress, it is quite unknown how these have impacted children. Social isolation and loneliness have increased the risk of depression, as well as the possibility of anxiety. Children and adolescents are probably more likely to experience high rates of depression and probably anxiety during and after enforced isolation. The duration of loneliness is strongly correlated with mental health symptoms than the intensity of loneliness.
Older people’s mental health
Mental health problems don’t end as people get older. Older people experience depression, loneliness and anxiety like other age groups. However, many older people do not seek help and instead approach to deal with these feelings, and the longer the lockdown continues, the more these feelings intensify resulting in higher risks. Older people become more anxious, not just for themselves, they are mostly worried about the effect on their family and friends.
Persons with mental illness
Persons who had a history of mental illness may face newer challenges during this time. They would also have the same fears and stress as others which may worsen their previous mental health condition Social isolation may make them more isolated, introverted, and irritable, panic attacks are frequent during this period, that could eventually worsen the situation.
Overcoming the mental stress
We should continue to look after each other in these times more carefully, even a mere conversation can help. Sharing even the smallest of problems with your loved ones can relieve you to a great extent. This is not the end of everything. Hard times will come and go, but the person who rises like a phoenix from the ashes of the burnt fire is called the real champion. There are many things in life that we have wished to do but have remained unfulfilled due to some reasons or the other; taking time out for doing those things might feel like an achievement. The whole world is in a state of trauma, but that is not the be-all and the end-all of life. Overcoming our failures, venturing into new opportunities might open up a new window of life for us which we would have never thought of in our regular life. That’s why it’s quite just to say that a healthy mind could and always would lead to a healthy life. A sound mental status in the difficult times may win the battle more easily!