In this article, we will discuss 5 Major After Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health. Nowadays, everyone is talking about the physical effects of coronavirus. The significant after-effects of COVID-19 include an economic crash and a devastating educational system.
How will this pandemic affect our lives? And our mental abilities, most importantly, when it will be over.
Every disease certainly left its powerful effects on both physical and mental health. However, we are mostly aware of the physical effects. On the other hand, what about those people who are suffering mentally.
The horror of this pandemic is developing various mental disorders in people that will start appearing soon. However, if we already know about it, we’ll try to prepare to deal with it. And try to cope with any kind of mental illness that probably occurs in the future.
What are mental disorders?
mental disorders are those disorders that are related to your mind not your brain, the set of abnormal thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that can lead us to death are called mental disorders.
Why is mental health important?
Mental illness is a brain’s disease. Biologically, the brain is an organ. So, the condition of any organ, either mind or heart can be fatal for us. For instance, when a person opens up saying that they might have had some mental disease, what we said to them? It is all in our heads!
However, have we ever said this to a person who is suffering from a stomach disorder? That it is all in our stomach. The answer is, “No.”
Think about it!
The question which mostly comes to our minds is, what are the after-effects that COVID-19 will cause on mental health in the future?
Moreover, are these mental diseases that much serious to fret over them?
A number of after-effects will occur on our mental health after COVID-19, let’s discuss 5 most significant ones.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
We all are suffering from trauma, aren’t we?
Nevertheless, the main point is that every person has different mind capabilities to deal with trauma. Some people are influential and can easily cope with the memories that haunt them. However, there are the people who will have nightmares even when this pandemic is over.
Post-traumatic stress disorder often leads to depression and anxiety. As a result, it can become a prolonged disease and be harmful if not treated on time.
Firstly, those people who got into this disease are more likely to suffer from PTSD than others. Secondly, those who faced the death of any family member due to COVID-19 have to deal with more trauma. On the other hand, it does not mean that other people will not get affected by it.
Further, a person who is sensitive to the environment might have more than 85 percent chances of suffering from PTSD.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome
Some of the significant symptoms of PTSD are:
2-Nightmares related to dreams
3-Avoidance of event places and people
4-Difficulty in maintaining close relationships
Paranoid personality disorder
What paranoid is? And how serious it can get in most of the cases? So, here is the answer. Fear is the mental disease in which a person becomes suspicious about everything and everyone around.
How will people become paranoid after this pandemic is the central question? Meanwhile, we all heard a lot about the corona virus’s symptoms from authoritative figures. Whenever we hear about some disease, we start finding the signs in ourselves. It is human nature.
Consequently, whenever we get any of the Corona symptoms, we will be afraid. The horrifying trauma that has taken place in our minds is not going to eradicate soon.
It is a known fact that coronavirus is a viral disease. Hoping for a viral illness to end by itself doesn’t make a sense. Simultaneously, we all have seen many deaths due to this virus. Indeed, it has hit New York the most.
Whenever we see any minor symptoms of coronavirus, we will probably think that it will end our life. The media has a big hand in making people paranoid. This powerhouse is exaggerating the coronavirus hugely. As a result, getting scared or being paranoid has become inevitable. Our beliefs are preserved to it, which will affect us dramatically.
Symptoms of paranoid personality disorder
1-Doubting other people
3-Trouble working with others
OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
The obsessive compulsory disorder is the disease in which a person sense of making things clean. The media tells us that one of the sufficient precautions is to wash hands again and again. Moreover, sanitize them, keep surrounding clean, and maintain a 3-feet distance in between.
The problem is that excess of everything is terrible, so it is for cleanliness. Maintaining sanitation, to some extent, is a good habit. But becoming obsessed with it is not a healthy approach. It is said, for a reliable immune system, we should live in a moderate environment so that our self immunity can be powerful enough to fight back against any disease.
Considering today’s situation, we can say that people will start developing OCD and get distressed. Most importantly, a person who suffers from OCD finds psychological tension.
Further, such persons can get irritated when they are in direct exposure to people around them. Thus, coronavirus can make many of us the patients of OCD.
Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder
1-Fear of being contaminated by germs
2-Losing control and harming others
5-Have high religious morals
Sense of isolation
Some people love to be alone. While others hate it and become victims of suicide and depression. This pandemic has lead to lock down and made people distant from each other. Consequently, the already depressed persons are likely to develop a constant sense of loneliness.
However, loneliness is the worst feeling ever. People with lower self-esteem will suffer the most from this sense of isolation.
Symptoms of isolation
2-Lack of motivation
5-Increased risk of depression
After-effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health (depression, stress, anxiety)
If we hear about a person suffering from depression or anxiety, we consider it a minor issue. But there is a saying that drop by drop of water makes the river. These diseases are the basis of significant illnesses discussed earlier.
Coronavirus is drastically affecting people. For instance, closed educational institutes’ first depression to students. And consequently, they will get bad grades.
Furthermore, professional organizations are closed, and poverty is taking place. It can create a sense of inferiority in the upcoming generation.
Symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety
2-Lack of interest
4- Weight changes
In short, we all are concerned about the present but have to be prepared for the future as well. So that we can face these diseases and will be able to overcome them.