How the new coronavirus affects the mind
Simply being diagnosed with a novel, potentially life threatening disease can trigger stress and anxiety.
Given the novelty and scope of the pandemic, there is little-to-no framework, particularly during the lifespan of the majority of the population alive, for how to manage the threat to health, lifestyle, and societal change.
Those who test positive must also isolate, which can contribute to anxiety and depression. Typically, patients can lean on loved ones as they recover.
In the case of COVID, most patients know they should avoid transmitting the disease to others and therefore lack that kind of comfort and support.
Battling the disease itself can also be taxing for those who develop moderate to severe symptoms.
COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment is more likely to be traumatic than other medical conditions due to the potential severity of the illness, the novelty of the illness and associated uncertainty in its treatment, and the isolation involved.
Many COVID-19 patients, now called “long-haulers,” endure symptoms that last for months and interfere with their daily lives.
It may take up to months to recover from COVID, which can result in a number of challenges; for example, difficulties returning to work, difficulties caring for children, or difficulties resuming one’s ‘normal’ routines.
At Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa Fl. & Brandon Fl we have treated countless patients who are experiencing Covid Anxiety, stress and depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please call a therapist to get the help you need and live the life you deserve.