“A second wave of devastation is imminent, attributable to the mental health consequences of the coronavirus,” the authors wrote, Dr. Naomi Simon, Dr. Glenn Sacks, and Dr. Charles Marmar, all of New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
“The scale of this second wave is likely to overwhelm an already dilapidated mental health system, leading to access problems, especially for the most vulnerable,” they added.
The researchers suggested that this second wave of mental health will bring more challenges, such as increased deaths from suicide and drug overdoses, and will have a disproportionate effect on the same groups affected in the first wave: black people, the elderly, some social groups and workers in the field of Healthcare.
The report’s authors said, “The scale of death in a short period of time is an international tragedy on a historical scale.”
The authors write that the main concern is “the transformation of normal sadness and distress into long-term sadness, major depressive disorder and symptoms of PTSD.”
Prolonged grief, affecting approximately 10% of bereaved, is characterized by at least six months of intense longing, preoccupation, or both, of the deceased; Emotional pain Loneliness; Difficulty engaging in life, avoidance; Feeling that life has no meaning and increased risk of suicide. The authors said these conditions can also become chronic with additional comorbidities, such as substance use disorders.
The authors said that 10% of those affected by prolonged grief are likely to underestimate grief related deaths from COVID-19, and each death leaves nearly nine family members bereaved. This means that there are 2 million bereaved people in the United States, thus “the impact of Covid-19 deaths on mental health will be profound.”
COVID-19 is already affecting mental health
The pandemic has already caused a mental health crisis, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a new report found that Americans suffer more mental health problems related to the Corona virus than people in other countries.
CDC survey data stated that approximately 41% of respondents had mental health problems caused by the epidemic. The issues relate to the pandemic and the measures in place to contain it, including stay-at-home orders and social distancing.
Approximately 41% of respondents reported one or more behavioral or mental health conditions, including substance abuse, symptoms of depression, or suicidal thoughts.
The number of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety is 3 times the number at the same time last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The epidemic has also affected caregivers, according to the “Blue Cross Blue Shield” association. A national analysis of at least 6.7 million APC-insured caregivers found that 26% of unpaid caregivers trying to balance work and family due to COVID-19 feel more stressed and have poorer physical health than they did before the pandemic. .
New York University authors suggest that the solution will require increased funding for mental health. Extensive screening to identify people most at risk; Primary care physicians and mental health professionals trained in treating people suffering from prolonged grief, depression, trauma-related stress, and substance abuse; Focusing tirelessly on families and communities, restoring the methods they have used creatively to control loss and tragedy across generations.