Why Do People With Psychiatric Disorders Get More Severe Forms Of COVID-19?
Psychiatric disorders in general, and mental health issues in particular, have been on the rise since before the pandemic. But the pandemic may have increased the predisposition to mental health issues. This article explores some of the reasons why people with psychiatric disorders get severe forms of COVID-19 and how to manage it.
Mental health issues before COVID-19
The effects of COVID-19 in mental health can occur in two ways. One, COVID-19 can worsen a pre-existing mental condition and two, a study published in the Lancet Journal reported significant morbidity on mental health issues six months after COVID-19 infection and treatment. Many people are still benefiting from natural remedies such as the gorilla glue original strain with mood stabilizing capabilities to manage their mental health issues through the pandemic.
Even before COVID-19, people had to contend with the usual challenges of life and the brutality of nature – the things that have been implicated in mental health issues lately. Some people had job insecurities, unhealthy working conditions, economic difficulties, societal stresses, and others had personal problems.
How COVID-19 has contributed to mental health issues
Even among those who didn’t have specific mental health issues before the pandemic, COVID 19 seems to have increased the predisposition to some of the common psychiatric disorders. Many people have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 while millions have been rendered jobless as companies shut down due to impaired cash flow. Many have been forced out of their homes for not being able to afford rent while others have experienced food shortages.
The prospect of being isolated after getting exposed and the constant fear coupled with uncertainty of the future also trigger mental health issues and/or exacerbate the preexisting one. All these factors have increased the risk of mental health disorders. Besides, the disease itself is associated with mental and neurological complications such as stroke, delirium, and agitation.
How to manage mental health issues during and after the pandemic
Despite the many factors predisposing us to mental health issues, there are proven ways that can help in overcoming some of these challenges. And they are as follows.
- Seeking psychological help
There are many cadres of expertise to help you deal with mental health issues. At the basic level when you are just feeling overwhelmed, you can talk to a counselor for advice. When you need a deeper sense on how you should orient yourself properly then a psychologist would help you. And when your mental health status is causing you serious morbidity then you can consult a psychiatrist.
- Using natural remedies that are easily administered at home
Psychiatrists often prescribe medications and currently, many of them are showing interest in prescribing natural remedies for mood disorders such as gorilla glue original strain, especially when the mood disorder has not progressed to its most severe form. Many of the natural remedies are for symptomatic relief and not for curing the disease. Relieving your symptoms doesn’t mean that you have cured the disease or alleviated the stressor that is causing your symptoms. For that, you will need to consult an expert for further evaluation and treatment.
- Prompt treatment of your condition
Mental health issues tend to progress to very worse outcomes if not treated or managed promptly. What starts off as casual stress can progress to very bad anxiety and even depression. It is crucial to note when you are not okay and seek help immediately. This is particularly important during this pandemic because people with mental health issues tend to get the most severe form of COVID-19. The reasons for this include the risk factor predisposition due to COVID and the uncertainty of the outcomes of your disease – it becomes difficult to tell whether you will succumb to the disease or recover, especially when you are getting overwhelmed by the disease.
COVID-19 can either cause mental health issues or worsen the preexisting ones. The best way to manage the symptoms of impaired mental health is to seek prompt treatment and consultation from a professional.