Effects of COVID_19 on human mental health

The world has become so much more aware of the existence of a “far greater” threat_COVID-19, which has awakened both our curiosity and awareness, not leaving out it’s devastating effect which kills more and that’s fear. The World Health Organization including other intergrated and non-intergrated health organizations are on a rise to contain and combat this deadly virus. As a measure to create this constant awareness on the existence and prevention of this virus, many content have been developed and dissemanted on various traditional as well as social media outlets.

Online didactic poster on the symptoms of COVID_19

While the constant washing and sanitization of hands, the wearing of mask and the all important social distancing theory have been on a constant and widespread practise, this seems to be mostly what the world is preoccupied largely with! Nonetheless, only begining in the last quarter of the year 2019, its effects are far-reaching.

The Effects

  1. Stress
    There are several factors that causes the expirience of stress to be inevitable during these times. Sudden loss of jobs, unwanted idleness, the idea of social distancing and lots more. According to the US National Library for Medicine, Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

    Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.
    With this in mind, there are lots of people are covid_19 negative yet are affected by the existence of the said virus.

    2. Depression
    While it seems as a more frequent and an already known topic, the constant expiriencing of stress might lead to depression. Right now the world is facing a possible threat of global depression!

    There’s a far greater possibility of a greater amount of persons being affected with this virus Called depression. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

    3. Anxiety Disorder
    Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Nonetheless, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense and persistent worries and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involves repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

There are quite many other effects on mental health, but these are most dominant.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

A positive attitude in face of a negative external reaction, will automatically build up a defence mechanism to ward off any negative reactions in the human body.

While these precautionary motives are very important, we should not leave out the aspect of adopting a positive attitude.

How then do we maintain positive mental health?

Though there might be no generally accepted way to maintain positive mental health because people are different and will tend to react differently to certain changes, here are a common few steps in acheiving this. Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
  • Avoid misleading information

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