Mental Health Challenges Related to COVID-19

 

mental health and covid19

The coronavirus pandemic has been associated with a host of mental health challenges for all ages.  In a study on adults 18 and older completed by the Center for Disease Control in June over 40% of people who have never had issues with depressive disorders, anxiety, panic, or trauma and stress disorders, reported multiple symptoms of these mental health issues – and 13% reported having suicidal thoughts.  Many also reported an excessive increase in substance use and expressed concern for themselves or members of their family members who started using or increased use of alcohol or drugs.

It is important to remember that these symptoms can be considered absolutely “normal” in a pandemic environment – but there is help.  Factors like social isolation, financial worries, fear, and loss of lives create multiple mental health symptoms.  There are also new symptoms as the pandemic continues like excessive fatigue and depression.

If you or a loved one is struggling with any of these symptoms, please consider seeing a licensed behavioral health therapist.  Having a safe and confidential place to voice out loud your fears and deal with the feelings you are having will help!

So: pause, breathe, and reach out for help….

To learn more, or to make an appointment, call or text (801) 872-5516.

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Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell is a licensed clinical social worker and is clinical director at Ascendant Behavioral Health, located in Lehi. She can be reached at smitchell@ascendantclinics.com or 801-502-3913.