There is leading proof that one in three COVID-19 survivors suffers from a mental condition.
So much for going through and surviving COVID-19, an alarming trend has emerged among those who were fortunate enough to live. According to a top Psychologist, Dr. Nadine Macaluso, one in three survivors of the virus in the U.S. were diagnosed with a mental health condition a few months after they got infected.
It’s common for anyone to feel depressed and stressed out by merely living through a world of confinement and social distancing. But those who suffered from COVID-19 experienced higher and sometimes alarming levels of anxiety and mood disorders.
Numerous studies in various parts of the world suggest that the psychological effects of the pandemic are much more apparent than in other neurological disorders. It is said that both anxiety and mood disorders are most likely to be experienced by COVID-19 survivors. Nonetheless, Psychologist, Dr. Nadine Macaluso points out that patients who had to endure severe cases of the virus are still vulnerable to neurological problems in the foreseeable future.
There’s also a common trend in which psychological disorders can become chronic, considering how the pandemic progresses and the lack of support from healthcare institutions. It looks as if the only viable help these days comes from psychologists and psychiatrists.
Even without face-to-face interaction, mental health professionals can help their patients through online therapy sessions. These sessions are crucial in helping patients, especially those who survived COVID-19, cope with the changes in their lives. The wounds brought by the suffering may not heal over time, but mental health experts believe that conditioning a patient’s mind is a significant factor in the recovery.
The long-standing effects of the pandemic are raising concerns among the medical industry, particularly about the increased risk of mental health conditions. Even those who were not infected are showing signs of psychological stress. The reasons are quite apparent: lack of social activity and unemployment, among others.
Although some mental health problems are not directly associated with COVID-19, psychologists and mental health advocates argue that the rise in the number of cases is not a coincidence. People are used to certain conveniences in life, and the pandemic has forced everyone to live beyond what is considered “normal.”
A November 2020 study in the U.K. found out that survivors of COVID-19 were at a greater risk of developing severe mood swings and anxiety after only three months of COVID-19 diagnosis. A similar study in the U.S. is being performed with over 200,000 respondents. The goal is to estimate the risks of developing psychological and neurological issues six months after diagnosis.
There is hope with the help of mental health experts. They may not be on the front line like doctors and nurses, but there is no denying the battle they face against the adverse mental impact of the pandemic.