Mental Health

Bay Area Residents Report Psychological Toll Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

In these hard times dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not all about keeping ourselves protected and making sure we follow safety protocols that are enforced. The reality is that the mental effects of having to adjust to the new normal are real. Most are advised to stay at home, something most have done in the past months. Psychologically, this will have effects on everyone who are not used to staying at home and trying to find something to be productive.

Social interaction is part of everyone's life. This is not limited to seeing family and friends who may not be residing in the same home. So the big question right now is if things will ever revert to normal. It is a concern that some are thinking of and one that may add to their psychological stress. Bay Area mental health specialists and crisis line managers bared that they have been receiving a rising number of calls from distraught people, most worried about the rising number of cases that seem to have no resolution in sight, the Mercury News reported.

"People are one-by-one hitting their limits at different times. They have different capacities for dealing with the unknown," Narges Dillon, executive director for Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, said. "As this crisis is prolonged, people who were fine in March or April are starting to feel the stress add up."

Beyond that, the situation in regions is just getting worse. Some are losing their jobs while others are struggling financially. With select businesses closing down, a future of uncertainty has led to most wondering what to expect. Surviving through this crisis needs proper adjustment but it remains that not all can cope up.

That would include staying in touch with peers. Technology has provided a medium to keep people busy and in touch. Some are into video conferencing while others are making the most out of social media. But the better question is, how long will this last? The answer to that is a big question mark, possibly addressed only once a COVID-19 cure is finally out in the open.

Mental health and COVID-19 In the U.S., 23.5 percent of people reported feeling symptoms of depressive disorder between April 23 and May 5 and 25.1 percent of the population had the same symptoms between June 11 and June 16, according to a survey by the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Pixabay

"So many of us were trying to stay mentally well in terms of COVID-19, and we were looking forward to the country reopening," Gigi Crowder, the executive director of the Contra Costa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said.

Some states have started reopening but not at a certain capacity. However, critics feel that the timing is off with new cases being reported. Some blame it on the increased mass testing but experts claim it is the second wave. Right now, the best way is to make do with the advanced tools available. It is the safest way to go right now as the wait for things to get back to normal continues.