How does isolation affect our mental health: are older people at greater risk?

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Constantly reading negative news can lead to lower morale, but it can also lead to an increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. It is important to note that caring for your mental health in general is of the utmost importance, but it is especially important when you find ways to manage the information you receive from news and social media and stay in touch with friends, family, relatives and colleagues. One should not underestimate or disregard the impact that isolation or social deprivation can have on the development of depression and anxiety. Since the last health crisis, the use of social media as a means of communication and the dissemination of information about the pandemic have posed major risks to the mental health of the population worldwide. It is widespread among the public and can hamper infection control and become a major threat to the health and well-being of everyone, particularly the elderly. 

Health workers are at the forefront of this virus, but it’s tough for everyone, even if you don’t belong to them. Some people struggle with mental illness, including substance use, and some people struggle with depression.While the immediate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will be devastating, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warns that the economic consequences could have lasting adverse health effects. PBS NewsHour asked experts how they can cope with the stress of life during a pandemic. Some experts predict that the effects of this outbreak will only be felt in two years, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley. „Hundreds of thousands of people could develop chronic diseases,”said lead author Dr. Michael D. Schmitt, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. These people, who suffer from existing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, have the potential to further strain the health care system and add costs to an already unprecedented economic downturn. In an effort to better understand behavioral health as a cost driver, McKinsey conducted an analysis of national insurance claims and found that 60% of total medical expenses are borne by members suffering from mental disorders or substance use. 

The cost of treating diabetes patients with depression is more than double that of patients without depression, limiting access to preventive care. As the government struggles to contain COVID 19, it is important to know what measures society can take to mitigate the negative impact of behavioral and mental health problems on health care costs. A page of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides a list of COVID-19 resources, including information on coping with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. The Partnership for Drug – Free Kids website provides information for those considering or using pharmacotherapy (also known as drug-assisted treatment) to treat their opioid use disorder, who may be wondering how COVID-19 affects their ability to obtain critical drugs. A website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse provides an overview of the impact of drug use disorders on children’s health and wellbeing. With regard to the underlying health conditions of children with COVID-19, it can be extremely frightening and very frightening to identify those who are more susceptible to COVID-19 and tell them that they are very vulnerable. Psychological effects on this population may include anxiety and feelings of stress and anger. The effects can be particularly damaging for older people, who suffer from cognitive decline and dementia. Older people are already more likely to experience loneliness and isolation, which can worsen mental health. Although most people living in coronavirus-affected countries are not quarantined, research elsewhere suggests that keeping one’s distance from others and avoiding regular trips can take their toll. Health problems associated with social isolation tend to occur when the situation lasts for a few weeks, but isolating people from each other for months means that unpredictable and widespread mental health problems could be triggered. Older people are particularly at risk, who are more likely to develop coronavirus and already experience high levels of social isolation.

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