The psychological dangers of the current COVID-19 pandemic

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As the total number of confirmed cases in the country continues to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines to help Americans deal with anxiety and stress related to social anxiety. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses affecting the US each year, and the CDC advises that people respond differently to stressful situations. 

Although much of the focus on COVID-19 has focused on contamination — related obsessions — this is not a trivial matter. Although it is a common mental illness, it is also a serious illness with a high risk of death and serious complications. The following lines are focusing on implementing healthy coping strategies, maintaining therapeutic progress and preventing relapses in people with BDD during quarantine. However, there is a risk that the pandemic could have an impact on people with BDD, as they will have to spend more time at home and practise social distancing measures. To help adapt to a new normal, several general coping strategies can be implemented. The implementation of these strategies can lead to a significant reduction in the risk of relapse and an extension of the recovery time. The CDC recommends that anyone suffering from a pre-existing mental illness should continue their existing treatment with BDD, such as medication or psychotherapy. It is important to find ways to protect your mental health when you are in quarantine, as research has shown that this type of short-term isolation can potentially have a negative impact on your physical and 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 persists for a few weeks. If you can manage your quarantine, make sure you stay busy, stay in touch with others over the phone and social media, and maintain a sense of structure. Shutting yourself off from people for a month could trigger unpredictable and widespread mental health problems, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Older people are particularly at risk, who are more likely to develop coronavirus and already experience high levels of social isolation. Vulnerable people who were not exposed to the virus, such as pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems. To curb increasing loneliness, reduce physical distance, and increase social and relationship connections. This connectivity deficit can exacerbate the negative effects of stress and reduce the physical and emotional resilience that people need to ward off the COVID-19 virus. Feelings of distress and fear can also occur if you do not have a high risk of falling ill. Fear, confusion, exhaustion, and powerlessness are rife, especially with a virus that the general public may not be familiar with. While the rest of the world struggles to believe in a terrifying post-pandemic world, people with anxiety disorders struggle to maintain their fear of seemingly impossible apocalyptic scenarios. Obviously, people with contamination — related anxiety disorders such as panic disorder — are particularly hard hit. 

To make matters worse, hypochondria (also known as disease and anxiety disorder) is likely exacerbated by the fact that one in four COVID-19 cases can be asymptomatic. While shortness of breath is a disease caused by coronavirus, generalized anxiety and panic disorders are not spared. The first wave of the Covid 19 pandemic caused a mental health crisis when it swept over China, so governments elsewhere must prepare to address similar problems. The fear caused by officials mishandling the outbreak, as well as the lack of public awareness, are making it worse for the ones whom are battling with a mental illness. Researchers warn: fear, incitement, paranoia and other forms of social anxiety and panic disorders are taking their toll on mental health.

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