Psychology for all | Mental health in pandemic

Since the beginning of the declaration of a pandemic, the World Health Organization has been warning that it would be accompanied by emotional disorders caused by fear of the disease, aggravated by prolonged confinement and influenced by various factors. He also called on the media and social networks to be careful in the use of the term pandemic and proper handling of information so as not to cause unnecessary alarm, but also to downplay the situation and make people believe that no action should be taken or disqualify the authorities for the provisions it takes.

We can say that mental health and emotional stability have been the most affected during this unusual situation that we have had to experience. This impact varies according to the degree of vulnerability of the population. This vulnerability is generally associated with poverty, but is actually influenced by other factors such as gender, age, history of physical or mental illnesses, experiences of traumatic events, working conditions, etc.

In these circumstances, women present a greater degree of pressure because they are mostly heads of the household, being in charge of the sustenance, educating their children from home due to the closure of schools, teleworking, in many cases they are subjected to domestic violence. The confinement and isolation of parents affects children and adolescents and produces irritability, sleep and eating disorders.

In other articles we will describe other vulnerable sectors in order to be vigilant and take precautions in favor of our health, both physical and emotional.



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