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How Does Coronavirus Affect Mental Health?

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Mental health crises are usually offshoots of various occurrences. They don’t just happen; they are a result of different factors around us.

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To know how the virus affects mental health, it is necessary to look at the numerous problems caused.

  • When the virus hit, everyone had to make drastic changes to their lifestyles. What we saw as normal had to change and we were tossed into an entirely different way of life. Most people aren’t used to being at home 24/7, but the lockdown forced everyone to stay alone. 
  • Away from lifestyle changes, the virus also caused a significant amount of anxiety in the minds of children and adults. The daily death counts, horrifying footages of victims, and the scary accounts we hear from survivors distort our emotional balance. This massive influx of negative news and information around us significantly increased fear and promoted anxiety. 
  • Also as a result of the pandemic, companies laid off thousands of staff and many individuals were rendered useless. This left a good number of people unable to cater for themselves and meet their day to day needs. 
  • The lockdown of educational institutions also had a significant effect. Students were forced to stay at home and learn through the strange and often ineffective online schooling methods. There was active disengagement from classmates, teachers, and even the learning materials that are used. The effect is even more pronounced in the psychological growth of children, as they are unable to have social interactions and outdoor exploration that will facilitate their growth.
  • Apart from children and health workers, the set of individuals that suffered the effects of the virus most are females. There was an increase in the rate of domestic violence, family burden, and interpersonal tussle within the family which left most females in crisis. It was exceptionally harder for single mothers who had to plough through the economic difficulties all alone. 

All these problems, caused by the virus, lead to a much bigger problem of emotional breakdown. A prolonged strain on our mental state eventually leads to problems such as suicide, depression, and chronic anxiety, especially for children.

The concern of being infected with the deadly virus is also very worrisome. Although many individuals across the world still carry on their day-to-day activities, there’s still fear in the air.

The concern now is for a better emotional state of mind that is more resilient to push through the clog created by the virus. 

But why do we pay no attention to it?

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