The Profound Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

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The impact COVID-19 and the coronavirus have had on the physical health of individuals and the medical system in general is well documented with hospitals in some parts of the country being overrun.  What is also well documented is the impact this has had on access to care for any condition other than COVID-19.  In fact, most elective surgeries across the country have been re-scheduled or canceled. 

To address this lack of access to care for routine medical issues, we’ve heard the daily trumpeting of telehealth from everybody including the President down to local community health boards.  Every accommodation that can be made to increase the availability of telehealth is being made.  And while we at HealthPoint Plus are happy to see this increase in availability of telehealth to address routine medical care, there’s still a void that’s not being addressed…mental health.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, people are also increasingly reporting that coronavirus is having a negative effect on their mental health. More than four in ten adults overall (45%) feel that worry and stress related to coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, up from 32% in early March. https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/poll-finding/kff-coronavirus-poll-march-2020/

A Yahoo News story paints an ominous picture.  Paris (AFP) – The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a “profound and pervasive impact” on global mental health as billions struggle to cope with isolated living and anxiety spikes, experts warned Thursday.

In a paper published in Lancet Psychiatry, a panel of 24 specialists call for more funding for research into the impacts COVID-19 may have on society’s mental well-being.

Two accompanying surveys of the British public showed that most people questioned had experienced heightened anxiety and fear of becoming mentally unwell since the pandemic struck.

“We are all dealing with unprecedented uncertainty and major changes to the way we live our lives as a result of coronavirus,” said lead author Emily Holmes from Uppsala University’s department of psychology. “Our surveys show these changes are already having a considerable impact on our mental health.”

“Increased social isolation, loneliness, health anxiety, stress and an economic downturn are a perfect storm to harm people’s mental health and wellbeing,” said Rory O’Connor, professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow. He said that a lack of intervention risked an explosion of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as a rise in alcohol and drug addiction. “The scale of this problem is too serious to ignore, both in terms of every human life that may be affected, and in terms of the wider impact on society.”  https://news.yahoo.com/covid-19-profound-mental-health-fallout-000050267.html

With a potential “explosion” of mental health conditions as noted by experts, what is being done, if anything to hold it back?  Well, like routine medical care, patients are turning to their phones and computers for help.  The use of teletherapy, a previously unknown service, has increased dramatically.  Teletherapy (telehealth for mental health) enables people to see and interact with a mental health professional from the safety of their home.  Teletherapy can be used to treat depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, family & marriage issues and more. 

Subscription-based teletherapy from HealthPoint Plus offers members unlimited access to therapists with no fees via their phone or computer and may be just the thing that is needed to bend the mental health curve. 

For more information about our telehealth or teletherapy services for individuals or to speak to a doctor or therapist, please visit us at https://healthpointplus.com/consumer-order-page/

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This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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