The pandemic known as COVID-19 has been a disaster for many people. People are scared and worried about the future, causing anxiety and depression in many areas worldwide. The psychological effects of COVID-19 have been felt worldwide, with some countries having much higher rates than others due to poor healthcare systems or lack of access to medical care. In America, mental illness affects more than 44 million adults annually; this figure includes 16 million adults who suffer from a major depressive condition at any given time.
The stress caused by this uncertainty can take a toll on mental health. Several studies have found that negative emotions are associated with poor health outcomes, even in healthy populations. For example, one study showed that symptoms of anxiety or depression were associated with an increased risk for stroke among healthy adults aged 45 to 79.
This can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and increased substance abuse.
The need for treatment has skyrocketed in recent years as more individuals are affected by mental health and substance abuse-related problems than ever before. Worldwide, the death toll resulting from individuals taking their own lives has reached epidemic proportions. Since 2020, the impact of mental health issues on society has only continued to expand.
In the first full year of the pandemic in the United States, through April 2021, more than 99,000 people died from drug overdoses. This represents an increase of nearly 30% from the 77,000 who died in the previous 12 months. The CDC has reported that approximately 75% of overdose deaths during the pandemic’s first year were tied to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. In addition, there has been an increase in the abuse of many other drugs since the pandemic began in 2020, including heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine.
The pandemic is leaving many people struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Economic stress, family conflict, lack of sleep and support, trauma, high-stress levels, and depression can all contribute to substance abuse.
A person struggling with a mental health condition is more likely to self-medicate through alcohol or drugs than someone without mental health issues. Abusing drugs, legal or not, can be detrimental to your health. At Passages Malibu, we provide a safe place for individuals to come and receive the healing they need to navigate life’s challenges and learn how to use healthy coping techniques centered on a holistic and non-12-step philosophy for addiction treatment.
Depression is a common symptom of COVID-19. It typically presents as anhedonia—the inability to experience pleasure—and psychomotor retardation, or slow thinking and physical movements. Depression may also include low self-esteem, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, poor concentration, memory difficulties, sleep disturbances, and weight loss or gain without intention. Depression is a risk factor for substance abuse; untreated depression can lead to suicidal ideation and attempts. Most suicides following the pandemic are due to untreated mental illnesses like depression.
According to two recent studies in Canada and Australia, it has been found that rates of depression have been climbing since COVID-19 began spreading across North America. This trend is similar among those with COVID-19 symptoms but who do not test positive for antibodies against this virus. This suggests that these patients are experiencing some related conditions that have negatively affected their moods and lifestyle choices.
The best way to prevent complications is through early diagnosis and treatment regarding substance use and mental health. If you or someone you love is experiencing substance abuse or mental health issues, please contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today by calling 888.920.8849.
With many treatment options available, we know that getting started can feel overwhelming, but at Passages, we make it easy for you to get the help you need. Most insurance is accepted. Our admissions team is standing by to answer any questions you may have so we can assist you with the proper care you deserve.