The Impact on Mental Health from the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, more and more people are becoming anxious about the future. It is difficult to know what to expect, and many people are worried about how the pandemic will affect them personally and professionally.
As the days go by, we are getting more and more information about the virus, its effect, and how it has been affecting mental health around the world. That is why it is important to have a clear timeline of the COVID pandemic to help people understand what is happening as well as information on how to deal with the mental health implications of this pandemic.
A COVID Timeline Through the Years
- The World Health Organization revealed on January 9, 2019, that a group of unidentified pneumonia-like symptoms observed in Wuhan, China may have been caused by an unidentified coronavirus. When new viral cases were confirmed in Japan, the United States, and Thailand towards the end of January, the total international cases were 9,800 and 200 deaths worldwide.
- In mid-February, SARS-CoV-2 was given the formal designation of COVID-19. It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. Researchers in the United States administered the first dose of an experimental COVID vaccination to a patient on March 16.
- The death toll in the United States topped 2,000 on March 28, when the United States was first in the world in terms of the overall number of known COVID-19 cases. Schools began to close, businesses were being pushed to close, and stay-at-home orders were issued.
- The total number of deaths in New York surpassed 2,000 and the death toll in the United States surpassed 7,000 as of April 3. The second COVID vaccine trial begins on April 9. On April 15, the global number of COVID cases topped 2 million, and the list went on and on.
Therapy and Solutions for Mental Health
The pandemic has everyone on edge, and many people are struggling with how to cope with the stress during this time. Some individuals have relapsed, suffering from depression and/or anxiety, several people have committed suicide because of co-occurring disorders, others have been addicted, many relationships were put to the test, and food insecurity has long been a fact of life for a lot of people. Many other issues have been brought to light, and it is difficult not to get overwhelmed by everything going on in the world today.
The battle of addiction has been tough during the pandemic, and if you are one of the individuals who are struggling, then there is an addiction treatment that can help you. There are services available to assist you in achieving long-term recovery during and beyond this pandemic by not allowing any obstacle, including a fight with substance misuse, to stand in your way.
If you or someone you know requires assistance, reach out today and contact Brookdale immediately or visit our insurance page to learn more about our mental health treatment and what’s covered.
- “NIMH » One Year In: COVID-19 And Mental Health.” National Institute Of Mental Health (NIMH), Www.nimh.nih.gov, April 9. 2021, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/messages/2021/one-year-in-covid-19-and-mental-health
- “Progression Of Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak In China.” PubMed Central (PMC), Www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 1 January. 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7098037/