Can Social Distancing Negatively Impact Mental Health?

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Mental Health is essential for a happy and successful life. A sudden rise in the cases of depression, anxiety and other psychological issues are noted due to the pandemic situation. The novel coronavirus not only affects the physiological and psychological condition of the patient but also of the society.

The American Journal of Psychiatry published a study concerning the constant worsening of conditions in existing mental illness patients, particularly depression hit patients. The reason behind this is the change in lifestyle and social life due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Positivity Is the Key To Improved Mental Health

Positive mental health means having a positive attitude towards life, its hurdles and changing environment. To maintain positive mental health, get professional help if you need it. Added into that, try to stay positive, keep yourself busy with doing some productive work. Try to maintain proper eating and sleeping habits.

For positive mental health, doing exercise or staying physically active is essential. As well as meeting with friends and family, this encourages your body to release serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins and dopamine. These are hormones that promote positive feelings like happiness, pleasure, joy, love, bonding, trust, relaxation and pain relief.

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Psychiatrist Jordan Smoller at Harvard School noted that visits with family and friends and socially connecting are important factors for the treatment of depression. According to the studies, connecting with loved ones lowers the risk for depression.

The Toll Social Distancing Can Have On Mental Health

During the current situation, it is required for mental health to talk to family members and friends via video or audio calls. This will improve your mental health and enable you to get through this pandemic.

Moreover, as novel coronavirus outbreaks around the globe, social distancing emerged as the need of the hour to cope with the situation. These safety measures like lockdown and social distancing are important to control the spread of the coronavirus.

However, as a result of lockdown, psychological problems emerge in physically healthy people. Depression may aggravate due to social inactivity and isolation, thus increasing sadness.

The Many Conditions Anxiety Can Cause in Patients

Suicide led by psychological illness is one of the major causes of death around the globe. Depression is rapidly emerging in children, teenagers, adults and old people. It can be due to many factors including biological factors such as genes or brain chemistry, life experiences, abuse and family history.

Furthermore, the behavioral changes or mood swings expressed by a patient vary from person to person. Some patients feel sad, lonely, lost or angry others may feel tired, numb, low, pulling away from people. Yelling or fighting with others, feeling hopeless, helpless, scared, are some of the other behaviors experienced by a patient of depression. 

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Treatment for depression is very important otherwise complications occur. These complications include weight gain, low productivity and physical pain. In addition to that, panic attacks, relationship problems, substance use problems and self-harm are also noticed in depression.

The Negative Impact of Social Media

Most of the news on TV and social media relates to coronavirus, its outbreak and increasing death toll. Therefore an increase in the number of depression patients occurs.

A new study done on 100,000 Britons indicates that the content an individual watches on TV and other socializing sites has a great impact on their psychology.

Furthermore, watching shows or advertisements, seasons and animations on TV have its link with increased risk of depression. The type of shows you watch can increase or decrease your risk of developing depression.

Psychoeducation can help prevent depression.  Therefore, monitoring the quality and quantity of content on TV can be an effective component of depression prevention.

Conclusively, staying in touch with friends and family helps decrease depression. Social media has a huge impact on mental health, thus one must avoid watching depressing TV series.

Sophia Oliver
The author is a nutrition and dietician graduate who works as a health freelance content writer and as well as a copy editor. Along with other novels, Sophia has also published about many health-related technologies, advancements, and physical fitness. Being an all-rounder makes her stand out in the line.