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Mental Health during a pandemic: Its Implications

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our mental health and financial conditions badly. A lot of people were already suffering from many mental and physical health diseases, after all of this COVID-19 has also put a negative impact on people.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the ratio of anxiety and depression disorder has been increased. The reason behind these issues is isolation during the lockdown and loss of jobs. People were locked in their houses and there were a lot of financial and mental pressures on them.

Impacts on Youngsters

Persons of almost all ages were affected during the pandemic. Students were affected due to the closure of their schools and universities. Jobs holders lost their jobs and the food delivery boys also lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was never easy to change the daily life routines and close all the outside activities; this creates a heavy depression in people of all ages.

According to different survey reports, the youngsters (18-25 years) were more affected than adults as they have lost their source of income and became jobless. The mental health of young age persons was already at risk prior to the pandemic. The ratio of suicidal thoughts among the youngsters increased up to 11%.

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Housewives and Working Women

Women with children have experienced a lot of mental stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was due to a lack of financial resources and childcare. Therefore, the pandemic has affected all walks of life and women are also not immune to it.

Workers and Color Communities

The communities of color in Canada and the US have experienced more stress and mental pressure than other people. The workers who were working during the pandemic have a risk of being infected and mental health disorders. Due to the pandemic, suicidal thoughts and anxiety levels increased among the essential and nonessential workers.

According to reports in 2021, the increase in anxiety and mental depression is 41% among adults… This increase is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mental condition during the isolation period.

The color communities are largely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The reason is that the color communities were in high depression and anxiety prior to the pandemic and COVID-19 affected them more.

Additionally, black parents reported more cases of mental illness and anxiety than white parents. This virus also affects the study of their children. They also get less attention due to their color and this increases depression levels of children.

Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction

The drug overdose death ratio increases proportionally during the pandemic at the start of 2020. It was due to the lockdowns and increased anxiety disorders. The adults with poor physical and mental health are badly affected before the COVID-19 pandemic. Persons affected by the virus were later diagnosed with mental and anxiety disorders. This virus not only affected their physical health but also affected their mental health.

Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19

There are many ways by which the Coronavirus has affected people’s mental health; it was due to the isolation during the pandemic and no interaction between people. People became frustrated and mentally ill due to the safety measures of coronavirus.

Another reason behind the mental illness is loneliness and poor mental and physical health. Lack of social interaction is also a reason for mental loneliness. This pandemic has increased the risk of mental illness and stress among different populations.

This killer pandemic leaves no one behind its deadly effects. The ratio of mental illness, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts has been increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The adults of age 18-24 have faced many difficulties including the closure of their colleges and universities and loss of income sources. According to different reports, the ratio of anxiety and depression in young adults is increased 56% as compared to the prior reports.

In the whole tenure of this deadly pandemic and still, now, a lot of adults are losing their jobs due to the lockdowns. Due to the loss of jobs and income sources, they lose their mental health. Lack of money put them into deep anxiety and mental illness.

Moreover, it also increases poverty among middle and lower-class people. The ratio of household jobholders who lost their jobs is increased by 53% according to survey reports. A person getting a $40,000 salary was also badly affected by the pandemic. The mental health of every person has been damaged either he is from the upper class or lower class.

Effects on Family System

To avoid the spreading of the deadly virus, all the schools and children care institutes were closed. So the children were bounded in their homes with their family, these conditions put a negative impact on children and their parents. The closure of schools and childcare centers affected children as well as their mothers due to the new routine.

Women with small kids were more depressed than men because they have to be more conscious of their children’s health. This pandemic highly affected the mental health of women’s and there is a heavy increase in the ratio of mentally ill women.

The ratio of anxiety and mental illness among the women’s increased by 47% during the pandemic. Besides, the child abuse ratio is also increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The visits to hospitals in terms of child abuse increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and more cases are reported according to different surveys. Moreover, the usage of drugs among teenagers and youngsters increased due to depression and high anxiety issues.

Way Forward

The pandemic will bring both long-term and short-term mental health implications for every community and every age group. These implications would also include a further increase in substance abuse and people looking for temporary mental relaxation techniques. The impacts would be exacerbated for those who are already at the risk of such mental problems or disorders. However, there is always a ray of hope after every calamity.

Phased COVID-19 vaccinations are bringing the hope back and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. These vaccinations are also indicating the end of this disastrous pandemic that shook the whole world, especially in terms of mental health. However, stressful situations like lockdowns are still prevailing and disturbing the mental wellbeing of people around the globe.

If we look back on history, we might observe that even after the end of any such disastrous pandemic, the impacts were long-lasting even after the end of it. Physical implications might end with the end of the COVID-19 but mental illnesses are not going to end soon and it’s not a piece of good news to hear.

Historical analysis of pandemics suggests that the psychological grief of such pandemics might last for three years after the outbreak. The financial crisis would prolong longer even after the end of the pandemic. This might also lead to further psychological phenomenon such as “deaths of despair.”

Policymakers might be considering to alleviate other impacts of the pandemic, it is also imperative to keep mental wellbeing among the top of the strategies. This would let us again make this world a better place to live and enjoy a mentally healthy lifestyle.

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About the author

Brian Chan

Brian Chan is the co-founder of Circle Acts Charity. Circle Acts is a registered charity that focuses on high-impact philanthropy and promote donor philanthropy across the world.