Coronavirus and Mental Health in the US

Coronavirus and Mental Health in the US

According to a new poll, as reported on in The Washington Post, nearly half of the people in the United States feel that the coronavirus is harming their mental health, this according to a tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Read more to see how you and your clients can better cope with the heightened conditions of life in quarantine.


The tracking poll was conducted between March 25, 2020 to March 30, and found that 45% of adults say the pandemic has affected their mental health, with almost 20% saying that it has caused a "major impact".  The symptoms are generally related to anxiety: depression, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, feeling on edge, etc.


What the Experts Say

Joshua Gordon, the director of the National Institute of Health, was quoted as saying, "Given the circumstances, feeling anxious is a part of a normal response to what's going on." 

His recommendation to cope with the extra levels of stress include simply writing down your fears.  He continues, "Just the act of writing them down and stepping away from them can really help you, number one, crystallize what your concerns are, and then number two, leave them behind on the paper or the computer file."

Gordon also recommends communicating your fears and anxieties to others, and to focus on coping skills which have helped in the past.


Behavioral Health Connection Can Help

If you need help setting up telemedicine / telehealth appointments with your clients, we can help.  We offer a modern web-based EMH system, perfect for in-office consultations as well as remote.  Please contact us today with any questions or to set up a free demo, or, try us out for 30 days for free-- no credit card required.


Take care, and stay safe.



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