It may be years until researchers fully understand the true mental health implications of the 2020 pandemic. There is no shortage of studies being published, and while each is unique, the vast majority share the same message. COVID has significantly worsened mental health.
This is why the United Nations released a policy brief stating that although COVID is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it also has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well.
As Robert Boyce said, “Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied” — and when it comes to mental health research, advances in treatment, and the need to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health, this could not be closer to the truth. Here’s a look at what we’re discovering in response to an unexpected pandemic.
When it comes to COVID, researchers are covering all the bases — and not just in terms of mental health. In June 2020, a study was published, highlighting some of the reasons why toilet paper buying skyrocketed during the pandemic. This was an interesting topic among psychologists and while they found that the perception of risk played a role, particularly among emotional people, this only accounted for 12 percent of the variability — the majority of contributing factors are still unknown.
Not being able to see “the big picture” has been a key trend across the vast majority of studies, especially when it comes to the lasting implications of COVID. At this point, researchers simply do not have enough data. Not enough time has passed to truly understand the ways in which COVID has impacted the general population from a social, economic, or health-related standpoint.
Although research on COVID will continue for years to come, here is what we’re currently discovering.
When searching “COVID mental health” in Google Scholar, approximately 24,000 results show up since 2020. Researchers will continue to focus on this topic, helping the healthcare industry and the general public better navigate the mental health fallout of COVID.
In the meantime, it’s imperative that you address any mental health concerns impacting you or someone you love. Valley Oaks is here during these unprecedented times. All you need to do is call — contact us today to discuss your options so that you can take back control of your mental well-being and life.
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.
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