Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
A New Set of Problems
Social distancing is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and without an antidote or vaccine, it’s currently one of our only tools to combat the disease. However, it is also presenting a new set of problems. A recent article by PBS highlights how the coronavirus quarantine is a danger to those struggling with mental health conditions. It says that “mental health experts warn that the isolation, combined with the stress of coping with a global pandemic and the disruption summoned by the virus, could brew a toxic environment for people grappling with mental health issues.”
Increasing Anxiety is the New Normal
A March 17th poll, also by PBS, shows that a fifth of Americans have lost their jobs or had their hours cut due to the coronavirus. At the time of this writing, there were 6.6 million weekly unemployment claims. That’s a source of tremendous stress and with gyms, restaurants, and other gatherings shut down, outlets of relief are becoming few and far between. To compound the matter, one adult American in three lives alone. Many of these folks rely on activities such as going to the grocery store or post office for their socialization. Finally, many workers such as those in the healthcare field are still out working and putting themselves in danger. Anxiety levels are through the roof and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon.
Love Life Again
In response, many mental health providers are turning to telehealth therapy as a means to deliver services to folks who desperately need it. Barn Life Recovery, a “re-treatment” center in Costa Mesa, California, is one such provider. Barn Life offers an evidence-based approach combined with ancient Eastern healing methods such as tai chi and qigong. It’s all part of our holistic solution to mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression, please give our admissions office a call today to find out if telehealth therapy with Barn Life Recovery is right for you. Call now and learn to love life again.