According to a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it gives evidence that 2020 was a messed-up year. This was evident as the number of patients with mental health issues increased immensely.
A Massachusetts-based psychiatrist and president of the American Psychiatric Association Women’s Caucus, Maureen Sayres Van Niel, said that the year 2020 wrapped the world in grief. Everyone across the globe has been effect by the national trauma to variable extents.
2020, A Roller-coaster Year
From 28th August to 6th September 2020, the research conducted on 5,186 American respondents shows that approximately 12% of adults considered committing suicide attempts at the beginning of lockdown. However, 29.6% become victims of coronavirus-induced trauma and stress disorders. The survey findings show a 15% increase in substance misuse. Moreover, the appearance of anxiety or depression symptoms occur in 33% of volunteers.
Mark Czeisler, a Fulbright Scholar studying in Australia, told Yahoo Finance that the outbreak of the novel virus has brought with itself a collection of challenges for everyone to some extent. It is a challenging situation nationwide to compete with unemployment, loneliness, racism, food or housing insecurities, and many more tiresome tasks.
An Outbreak of Emotional Distress Leading To Mental Health Issues
The follow-up survey to June 2020 research indicates that Americans were grappling with joblessness, massive fatalities, and economic crises.
The survey reported an increase in psychiatric disorders in every category. Furthermore, psychological disorders increase in students and essential workers.
According to Sayres Van Niel, the novel coronavirus has exacerbated mental health disorders in people with a history of depression and anxiety. However, the healthy individuals also suffered emotional distress due to the prevailing situation.
Furthermore, the survey shows that the coronavirus is responsible for increasing symptomology of mental health disorders as the virus influences the treatment regimen. The novel coronavirus hinders the therapy sessions that these patients receive.
Moreover, many services and telemedicine were unable to conduct thereby increasing mental disorders in the minority and lower-income communities.
Various factors are contributing to a rise in mental health abnormalities. These factors include the fear of becoming sick, the stress of hearing a friend or family got the victim to COVID19, economic distress, and self-isolation.
What’s Hindering in Medication?
The JAMA study confirms that there has been an incline in drug overdose deaths in the United States. During the pandemic, increased substance misuse led to fatalities.
Medication-assisted treatment calls for receiving the medicine in person, which was not possible due to social distancing.
Other people that are at risk of developing mental health disorders are those who have post-traumatic stress disorder like military service members. Moreover, people who are victims of partner violence are also prone to developing mental health disorders.
Mental Health Care – A Demand Of Nation
Loneliness and hopelessness are the most common national traumas everyone has gone through since 2020. Losing the ray of hope pushed people into various mental health disorders.
Elizabeth Brokamp is a licensed professional counselor. She also runs a Virginia-based Nova Terra Therapy practice. Elizabeth says that unlike now, her clients have never mentioned their loneliness so often in the past years.
Moreover, she told Yahoo Finance that the pandemic duration was destructive enough for resilient people. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic raises mental health disorders to alarming levels.
The prolonged duration of the pandemic eradicates optimism and hopefulness in many people. Moreover, many individuals have lost hope of being able to live a normal life. Besides, it was becoming difficult for people to remain hopeful and consider the situation as just temporary.
The new strain of the virus spiced up hopelessness and loneliness, thus exacerbating mental health disorders.
Both Brokamp and Sayres Van Niel had more client visits during the novel coronavirus outbreak that made evident the national demand for mental health care.