Mental Health Considerations during the COVID Pandemic

As the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic widens, so does the relevance of mental health issues associated with it. The mental health conditions arising out of the spread of Coronavirus is as important as the more visible physical symptoms. One in five Americans currently has mental health issues while one in two risks developing such conditions. So it is essential to implement various professional, personal and policy measures to address these issues without delay.

People who have serious mental health issues are more likely to have their condition worsen due to the prevalence and spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to the impact on people with pre-existing physical disorders, and on other vulnerable sections of the population, such as older people and younger children.

Clinical anxiety is a treatable condition that should not be left untreated. It can be diagnosed through a simple test. Patients should be made aware that their natural emotions or fears can easily turn into clinical anxiety under the pressure of events (such as the COVID-19) which should be attended to by a professional.

Promoting mental healthcare during quarantine is important. Communication can be utilized as a healthcare intervention. Clear, transparent, culturally relevant modes of communication can reduce negative psychological reactions and increase behavioral stability; so does communication with loved ones.

The other things you can do to increase your mental and physical well-being are: to engage in leisure activities that reduce the impact of your isolation and boredom, as well as taking care of yourself through proper food and exercise, getting adequate sleep, and keeping in touch with loved ones and colleagues.

Avoid separating children as much as possible, keeping them close to their families or caregivers. That will keep them feeling safe and cared for. Maintain family routines whenever possible. During a time of crisis it is natural for kids to demand extra attention from their parents and caregivers.

Older adults, especially those in quarantine, as well as those suffering from dementia and other cognitive decline disorders, may exhibit acute psychological distress, such as anger, heightened anxiety and stress, as well as extreme agitation and withdrawal, during the COVID-19 outbreak or while they are in isolation. It is important to provide them with medical and emotional support by healthcare professionals as well as by their families.