Mental Health Service
We are living in a stressful and difficult time, and it is normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even depressed during the pandemic. Social distancing, loss of jobs and income, and the ease of infection spread have made access to mental health services and support more difficult than ever, during a time when keeping mentally healthy is just as important as caring for your physical health.
Kaiser Family Foundation research has shown a strong link between social isolation, loneliness, and poor mental health.Research has shown a strong link between economic disruption particularly job loss and unemployment mental health disruption. Federalstatistics show that one in five adults and one in six youths in the U.S. experience mental illness, but less than half of them receive treatment. Cost and lack of access are at the heart of why so few people can take advantage of mental health care resources. Insurance often does not cover mental health services, and for those with insurance coverage, it can be difficult to find a provider that accepts insurance plans.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life and current events, engaging with a licensed therapist could help. The NCH offers virtual Mental Health Services for users experiencing mental illness, depression, anxiety, insomnia, or distress as a result of Coronavirus. People of all ages can experience worry, fear, and unease from living through the Coronavirus. Engaging in talk therapy with a licensed telehealth therapist can give you the support and advice you need to take care of yourself during this difficult time.
Apprehension, anxiety, and fear of the unknown
Fear related to your health or the health of your loved ones
Sadness, loss of interest, hopelessness, apathy
Worry about financial and economic concerns
Stress and irritation towards those around you
Feelings of grief, detachment, and desire to distance from people and activities
Confusion and indecision surrounding decision-making and lifestyle adjustments
Stress, self-doubt, or thoughts and feelings related to loss of self-worth
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Worsening of chronic health problems or mental conditions
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Boredom and frustration
Quarantine of infected and potentially infected individuals is a key component in the strategy to slow the spread of Coronavirus. However,research has shown a significant psychological impact on individuals who have experienced quarantine. People who have been quarantined to reduce the spread of infection in previous pandemics and epidemics are more likely to report exhaustion, detachment, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration, indecisiveness, emotional disturbance, depression, stress, low mood, anger, emotional exhaustion, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies of parents and children quarantined found that post-traumatic stress scores were four times higher in children who had been quarantined compared to children who had not; 28% of parents who had been quarantined reported symptoms of trauma-related mental health disorder. Uninfected people who have been quarantined as a result of being in close contact with someone who was infected reported higher rates of fear, nervousness, sadness, guilt, confusion, numbness, anger, and anxiety-induced insomnia.
The most prevalent causes of stress during quarantine have been found to be fear of infection (both becoming infected and infecting others), frustration and boredom, frustration resulting from inadequate supplies, and stress as a result of inadequate information and clear guidelines about quarantine. Stressors are likely to continue after the quarantine period has ended, including financial-related stress and fear of stigma or judgment from others as a result of the quarantine. If you are quarantined as a result of Coronavirus exposure or infection, you may be eligible for free mental health services through the NCH.
Whether you are under quarantine and social isolation currently or have experienced it in the past, Coronavirus and mental health are closely linked. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, but here are some tips to help with your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Stay virtually connected to friends and family. Social distancing refers to physical distancing, not complete social isolation. Video chats are readily available on a variety of technologies, and social distancing is a great opportunity to try out new services and apps.
Cultivate virtual communities. This can involve online groups based on a common interest or virtual support groups.
Use social distancing as an opportunity to reconnect with old friends or distant family members, or broaden your social network by reaching out to someone you would like to get to know better.
Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet to support a healthy body and mind.
Get regular exercise.
Maintain your personal hygiene and clean living spaces.
Maintain structure in your days by implementing routines.
Find new ways to engage in your favorite activities.
Keep yourself informed, but try not to be bombarded by too much media coverage.
Help others cope with their stress by providing social support. Accept help that is offered to you by others when you need it.
Recognize and accept when you need extra support for your mental health and take advantage of telehealth services for mental health counseling.
The pandemic caused many people the experience of grief from several potential factors. Perhaps someone close to you has died as a result of a Coronavirus infection, or perhaps you are grieving the drastic changes to routines and way of life that has the pandemic has required. Common reactions of grief include shock, disbelief, denial, anxiety, distress, anger, sadness, and loss of sleep or appetite.
Teenagers may experience grief differently than adults or younger children. Signs of grief in teens can include changes in sleep patterns, more frequent isolation from the family, frequent irritation and frustration, withdrawal from usual activities, and engaging more frequently with technology.
Coping with grief looks different for each person, but finding ways to promote healthy coping and acceptance is the key to dealing with grief effectively. Practice self-care, and give yourself time to grieve your loss, whatever or whomever it may be. Reach out for support when you need it. Connect with loved ones virtually or over the phone, and seek out support from your faith or spiritual community, support groups, or your medical provider or mental health professional. The NCH offers Mental Health Services for users experiencing grief, as well as for those experiencing mental illness, depression, anxiety, insomnia, or distress as a result of Coronavirus.
For patients, NCH is a treatment center for Coronavirus and common health issues. You can book a telehealth appointment with a doctor, speak with a therapist in a video call or get a professional disinfection for your home.
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