The coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting every sector in the world. The pandemic is responsible for massive job losses across the globe and forcing healthcare systems to channel a lot of resources towards containing it. For the everyday person, coronavirus is making it difficult to socialize because of social distancing. This ultimately has an impact on our mental health. The situation might worsen the situation for people who are already suffering from mental health disorders. If you are struggling with mental health, reach out to Northern Illinois Recovery Center for consultations and treatment.
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Coronavirus and How it Impacts Mental Health
With the coronavirus still around, social distancing is becoming the new norm. Social distancing measures are good in the sense that they help reduce the transmission of the virus. But it also has adverse effects. Social distancing measures isolate people from one another. The more a person is in solitude, the likelier that they will require mental health treatment for disorders such as depression.
Social distancing measures can affect a person’s access to health services. To begin with, a lot of resources are going towards fighting the pandemic with the medical staff pre-occupied. This means they hardly have time to deal with mental health issues. As a result, people with pre-existing mental health conditions may continue to fall deeper into their struggle without help.
We cannot ignore the severity of the pandemic. News of people dying in their thousands per day because of the virus is rightfully disturbing. It can be a trigger for some conditions such as anxiety disorders and stress. This only complicates your mental well being further.
What to Do If You Are Struggling With Mental Health During the Pandemic
You can engage in activities that can help you preserve your mental well-being. Some ideas on how to do this include:
- Talk to someone: Talking about your situation is very therapeutic. It helps you to release whatever is burdening you. Only talk to people who are willing to listen and help. Consider enrolling for an individual therapy program.
- Explore your interests and talents: The pandemic is giving people a lot of free time more so if you work from home. If you are alone, you can use the free time to indulge in your interests and sharpen your skills. It will keep your mind engaged.
- Seek for rehab services: In case you are suffering from addiction, you need to go for rehab services. A dual diagnosis treatment will reveal if your struggles with mental help stem from your addiction so that you get the appropriate help.
- Maintain the connection with friends and family: Checking up on people and having people check up on you makes us feel wanted. Maintain connections with your loved during the pandemic to benefit from this.
Treatment at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
The Recovery Center understands that the pandemic has affected most people’s economic capabilities. We have insurance coverage services that can help you get treatment at the most affordable rate for our programs.
Some of these programs include:
- Telehealth rehab program: This program enables you to secure rehab services remotely. By this, we can protect you and the staff from the virus as you get treatment.
- Sober living program: Sober living homes allow you to maintain sobriety for a long term. They are wonderful for equipping you with stress management skills to ensure you don’t relapse.
- Group therapy program: In group therapies, you get to talk and generate solutions to your issues with people facing similar circumstances.
- Depression treatment program: Mental health treatment for depression will drastically improve your health. It is better to seek treatment as soon as you realize you are a victim.
Learn More at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
Your mental well-being should always to a top priority. Northern Illinois Recovery Center can help you learn ways of stress management to promote your mental well-being during coronavirus. We also offer mental health treatment services for victims. If you are struggling with mental health disorders, don’t hesitate to contact Northern Illinois at 855.786.1978 today.
Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.