Mental Health Issues on the Rise: Dealing With the Effects of Covid19

The current health pandemic doesn’t just affect the people who get the virus. It affects their families, friends, and loved ones. Furthermore, it has effects on many other aspects of life; jobs, school, emotions, and lifestyle due to quarantine and isolation. With all of these effects of the pandemic to deal with, cases of mental health issues are currently on the rise. Now, the nation isn’t just dealing with a pandemic; it’s also dealing with a mental health emergency.

It’s important that individuals dealing with poor mental health or symptoms of mental health issues due to the current pandemic understand that there is help available. Here at Delray Center for Healing, we have continued to provide mental health care and treatment opportunities for individuals regardless of the current global pandemic. This is because we understand the vital importance of providing this help so that our nation’s population can heal from the effects of this current pandemic.

The Statistics – People are Experiencing the Effects of COVID19 Mentally

Mental Health Issues on the Rise: Dealing With the Effects of Covid19According to a study conducted by the CDC, the COVID19 pandemic has affected our nation’s population negatively in a few different ways. For this study, people were asked questions about mental health symptoms, and the data was then compared to answers of individuals who were asked the same questions the year previous (2019). Then, the data was compared to show how mental health is affected this year, 2020, due to the effects of the pandemic, isolation, and more.

The study found that many aspects of life are being negatively affected by the global pandemic. Some of the things the study finds includes:

  • An increase in symptoms for people living with depression or anxiety disorders.
  • Increase in severity and frequency of symptoms for people with trauma-associated disorders.
  • A rise in the number of people who experience suicidal thoughts.
  • An increase in the number of people who use drugs or alcohol to self-treat mental health symptoms.
  • A rise in mental health symptoms in specific groups of people. For example, people who are young adults, minorities, emergency workers, essential workers, and unpaid caregivers.

Addressing the Problem of Mental Health During the Pandemic

The pandemic has officially been on our list of “things to worry about in 2020” for over half the year now. But, while the death toll decreases, the effects of the global pandemic are still ravaging our nation. So, the number of people who experience additional mental health symptoms during the year 2020 due to this global health issue may very well still be on the rise. That’s why it’s important that help is available to these individuals in a way that keeps them safe, understands their needs, and allows for true healing.

Mental Health Telemedicine – Helping to Assist People Affected by the Pandemic

Delray Center for Healing understands the need for mental health help due to rising numbers of affected individuals and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But, we also understand the need for safety and helping in efforts to decrease the spread of the virus. That’s why we are currently offering mental health telemedicine services.

Telemedicine is a way to provide medical, therapeutic, and psychiatric assistance to individuals using virtual assistance. Video conferencing allows for a patient-clinician interaction without a physical connection. Basically, allowing you to get the help you need without having to be face-to-face with your care team.

Some of the services available through mental health telemedicine include:

  • Medication management
  • Psychiatric consultations
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions.

We’re Here to Help You Every Step of the Way

Fortunately, telehealth services are effective in helping individuals being affected by the effects of current health pandemic. So, whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or an increase of suicidal thoughts or substance use, we’re here to help.

Delray Center for Healing can help with various mental health issues. Learn more by reading more on our website. And, contact us today to talk to us about our telehealth services.

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