“Being aware of the power of our choices regarding life and health could change the outcome of many situations.”
What Does Research Show?
Experts from around the world are conducting research regarding the long-term mental health effects of the Covid-19 crisis in hope they will better understand the problems and manage its long-term impact. The current situation is revealing the possibility of lasting effects such as OCD (since it arises from an interaction between genes and environmental factors), chronic loneliness, anxiety or depression.
History shows that this is not a new discovery. Global outbreaks of viruses, natural disasters or nuclear accidents have always affected the survivors’ mental health, similar to the current crisis and we need to be prepared for its long term effects. As Joshua C Morganstein, assistant director at the Centre for the Study of Traumatic Stress in Maryland explains, “historically, the adverse mental health effects of disasters impact more people and last much longer than the health effects.”
While everyone is waiting for the things to become “normal” again, some might not get the chance to live as they used to. Several researchers, medical journals and psychologists raise concerns about the serious mental health problems that could stay with us long after the pandemic is over:
Steven Taylor, author of The Psychology of Pandemics, and professor in psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, argues that “for an unfortunate minority of people, perhaps 10 to 15%, life will not return to normal”, due to the impact of the pandemic on their mental wellbeing. Australia’s Black Dog Institute, a leading independent mental-health research organisation, has also raised concerns about “a significant minority who will be affected by long-term anxiety”. In the UK, a group of leading public health specialists recently warned in the British Medical Journal that “the mental health impact of the pandemic is likely to last much longer than the physical health impact”.
Researches also show that different age groups react differently to the pandemic situation. Surprisingly, older adults are not the most affected group; in fact, they seem to cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders better than younger generations. On the other hand—according to a cross-sectional study from Spain—age group 40-59 experienced higher rates of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet younger adults (18-39 years) still seem to be the most affected. Long lasting social distancing, the loss of safety and occurring trauma can make it more difficult for certain individuals to start socializing again. Psychologists believe that obsessive-compulsive disorder could be one of the mental health issues connected to the Covid-19 pandemic that is most likely to last for the long term.
Despite the negative outcomes of the ongoing situation we need to do our best not to give up and even turn it to our advantage. Accepting the current circumstances is one of the key actions we can do yet we shouldn’t confuse acceptance with passivity. Being aware of the power of our choices regarding life and health could change the outcome of many situations. Besides making changes in our mindset we can also turn to natural medicine. Let’s choose health and stay focused on the right things!
Doctor’s Choice Stress Releasers
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Kava Kava is known for having useful properties to aid anxiety, hyperactivity, stress and restlessness. GABA fills certain receptor sites in the brain and the body. This slows down and blocks the excitatory levels of the brain cells that are about to receive the anxiety-related, incoming message. When the message is received by the cortex, it does not overwhelm you with anxiety, panic or pain. You are able to maintain control and remain calm. Tryptophan is best-known as a natural relaxer. It helps improve sleep patterns, and aids the body in the metabolization of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, lithium salts were the first drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat mania and depression. It is found naturally at low levels in our water supply. Higher lithium levels in water have been linked to longer life expectancy and a reduced risk of neurodegenerative diseases. A new study published in Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that lithium may be useful for its anti-aging affects within the brain depending on genetics, indicating a potential use of polygenic risk scoring for the prediction of adult telomere length. Now—together with our other products—you can find Lithium Homeopathic 100% Pure Pharmaceutical Grade and non-GMO at Doctor’s Choice®.
• Coutts, F., Palmos, A.B., Duarte, R.R.R. et al. 2019. The polygenic nature of telomere length and the anti-ageing properties of lithium. Neuropsychopharmacology 44, 757–765. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-018-0289-0
• Savage, Maddy. 2020. Coronavirus: The possible long-term mental health impacts. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20201021-coronavirus-the-possible-long-term-mental-health-impacts?ocid=liwl
• Vahia IV, Jeste DV, Reynolds CF. 2020. Older Adults and the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21753