The phrase “self isolation” is perhaps one of the most used phrases over the last one year, thanks to precautionary measures that we have to take if we exhibit probable symptoms of COVID-19. However, it is not a new term as self-isolation has been long identified as a possible symptom of mental health problems like depression.
In a situation when self-isolation has become a mandate, people vulnerable to depression and other associated behavior health problems are in a grave situation. Probably, that’s the reason the prevalence of mental health problems has increased startlingly over the last one year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.
Impact of Self-isolation on Mental Health
Self isolation or loneliness may negatively your mental health in multiple ways, including increased wake time after sleep onset and reduced time in bed spent asleep. Experts suggest that loneliness caused due to self-isolation may lead to development of depressive symptoms. In addition, loneliness for any reason has been found to raise risk of suicide in terms of both suicide attempts and completed suicide among older adults. Loneliness, along with depressive symptoms, may also cause worsening of cognition over time. In addition, loneliness and social isolation have found to be significantly associated with incidence of dementia.
Dealing with Self-Isolation Induced Depression
While we believe in you self-belief and your inner strength, we assure you our support whenever you would need us. You can call our 24/7 helpline 855-441-4405 if your need any support for depression treatment. You can also chat online with our experts who can help assess your requirements and suggest a depression treatment plan.