Isolation and Mental Health during COVID-19

Here is an interesting transcript from an interview with a psychologist from Massachusetts on the mental health toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“…we need to really shore people up against social isolation. And one part of that is that social isolation doesn’t only mean being alone. There are people who are socially isolated, even when they’re at home with others, because there may be marital problems or they, you know, may be feeling a rift within their family or their apartment mates or whomever. So finding ways to help people right now to reach out, to make interconnectivity a strength, I think is essential to increasing people’s resiliency to get through this from a mental health perspective.”

“… if everyone can find a purpose right now, because we know that purpose is what increases our self-esteem even in good times. If people can find a purpose, one of the best purposes we can find is to find a way to connect, even if it’s with just one person.”

“For those of us who are not living with others, the absence of human touch we know is detrimental. I mean, it’s it’s why little babies who weren’t touched, died. So I think anyone who is experiencing an absence of human touch is someone I’m very concerned about.”

“… ironically, I think we are waiting for the ‘P’ in PTSD. We want this to be post-traumatic stress disorder, but we don’t know when that date was going to happen.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-impact-isolation-can-have-on-mental-health-during-the-outbreak

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