Covid's Impact on Mental Health

How has Covid-19 impacted mental health?

Studies show a correlation between covid and mental health

COVID-19 has brought much uncertainty and stress. Many people have felt isolated from family and friends, and have been unable to participate in normal activities. Keeping yourself and your family safe can be quite worrisome. As a result, it can be difficult to stay mentally healthy.

What do studies say about the correlation between covid and mental health?

Recent studies have shown the correlation between the pandemic and mental health. In a study conducted by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), 27.8% of adults have reported having depressive symptoms, which contrasts the 8.5% of adults who had them before the pandemic. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, this has led to difficulty sleeping (36%) and eating (32%), worsening chronic conditions (12%), and an increased consumption in alcohol and other substances (12%). According to the Charlotte Ledger, ABC stores in Mecklenburg County have sold 29% more liquor than they did last year. Additionally, more customers have switched to buying larger liquor bottles since the start of the pandemic.

 

The graphs below depict the increase in reported depressive and anxiety disorders between May and July of 2020, as well as the increase in difficulty sleeping, alcohol consumption, and worsening chronic conditions.

Graphical depiction of covid's impact on mental health
Graphical depiction of covid's impact on mental health disorders

Dak Prescott speaks out about mental health

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, has recently spoken out about his own struggles with mental health. He wants people to realize that mental health is an important issue, and one that should be taken seriously. Prescott said that his mental health improved by being open and transparent, and talking openly about his struggles. “I think it’s huge.” he said in an interview. “I think it’s huge to talk. I think it’s huge to get help. And it saves lives.”
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What can be done to improve mental health?

In times of uncertainty it can be challenging to focus on mental health. Sometimes we feel like we are drowning in stress and anxiety, and we don’t know where to turn or how to get help. It becomes easy to turn to things like alcohol or food as a way to cope with the stress that we’re feeling. However, it is important not to slip into unhealthy habits, and to try to find ways to improve our mental health. Taking steps to improve our mental health will allow us to better cope with stress and handle obstacles that come our way. To learn more about mental health tips, visit this article.

 

Talking to a counselor is also a great way to improve mental health in a healthy way instead of leaning on destructive habits. Below, you can find the types of counseling services we offer and the option to schedule a free consult!