COVID Effect on Mental Health

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Payton Beckley, Staff Writer

Along with the obvious physical harm the Coronavirus has caused, it has also affected a mass majority of people’s mental health and created more obstacles with people already diagnosed with mental illness. 

The worry and stress of the unknown virus causes a larger amount of mental health issues.

Some causes are from being in isolation and not able to live your normal everyday life. 

The safety precautions impact the way you interact with people and how you  go throughout your day.  

Everyone is having to adjust to the new rules and regulations that they have to follow to be safe. Lives have changed drastically and some with previous mental illnesses have had a harder time adjusting. 

In a KFF Tracking poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health had been negatively impacted because of the worry and stress. 

This statistic was significantly higher than the 32% reported in March. People’s well beings have been negatively affected, such as sleeping, eating, and worsening chronic conditions because of the stress and abnormality. 

Isolation and loneliness during the pandemic may present specific mental health risks for households with children and adults. 

Research shows that job loss is also associated with increased depression, anxiety, distress, and low self esteem. It was reported that people who lost income or jobs had increased negative mental health effects. 

To keep from having the negative effects on mental health many people tried to keep themselves busy and distract themselves from the stress and unknown going on in the world. A lot of people resorted to learning new hobbies, exercising, cleaning, and spending time with family. 

Covid has caused so much distress in the world, knowing how to take care of your mental health and being able to do things for yourself in this time is very important. Now that things are finally going back to normal with certain precautions your mental health is still important and can’t be forgotten.