COVID-19 has led to unprecedented times, which is why researchers continue to collect data in order to understand the true consequences. Social distancing is of particular interest in regard to mental well-being, as quarantine and isolation measures have had a significant social and economic impact.
While physical distancing has been an effective strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19, benefiting the public’s physical health, the resulting consequences of isolation on mental health are not yet fully understood. From job losses to school closures, reduced social contact to a loss of key community resources, the research continues to pile — and the results are somewhat troublesome.
COVID-19 is not a local or even national phenomenon — it’s a global crisis.
As reported in a recent Washington Post article, “the coronavirus pandemic is pushing a mental health crisis, and the U.S. is ill-prepared.” It is believed that a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching, ranging from substance abuse to PTSD, anxiety to depression.
There are concerns that untreated suffering will result on a large scale.
Based on a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, nearly half of Americans said that COVID-19 is harming their mental health. As researchers continue to collect data and analyze studies from previous disasters, the results will likely cast a shadow of warning. Mental health experts are hopeful that these warnings will lead to action.
Numerous studies have already revealed the potential impact of social distancing and isolation on mental health, including the following:
While dozens of studies showcase a rising trend in mental health issues due to social distancing and isolation, there has been one unexpected positive impact — the rapid growth of telehealth services. Previous barriers are being broken down, largely due to social distancing. For example, in the past, most telehealth services were not covered by insurance — not to mention a lack of consumer awareness. In March, restrictions were waived on Medicare for telehealth services, including emergencies during COVID-19 and mental health services.
Read more: Increased Virtual Mental Health Support Is Needed in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you or someone you love is suffering in silence, please do not hesitate to seek help.
We also recommend that you stay up-to-date with our COVID-19 resources.
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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