Being a psychologist, I am writing this article on COVID-19 pandemic effects on the mind and role of a psychologist for prevention as well as awareness about the further spread of this pandemic.
In late December 2019, a new coronavirus COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan(a city of China). Its ailment may be as minor as cold or may be as serious as bronchitis and kidney failure, severity can be life-threatening. As a psychologist, I can see the people going through depression and they are panicked and scared that what will happen next, how long it will last, who it will affect, and how it would change our lives forever, this is a large part of why it’s so anxiety-provoking. Like, it is affecting everyone mind and their lives too.
Along with that, it is also affecting many other body parts including eyes, respiratory systems, throat. It may be viral, bacterial or fungal. COVID-19 is known to present with an upper respiratory infection like cold, flu and can associate with symptoms of psychological stress and disorder, including low mood, insomnia, stress, anxiety, anger, emotional exhaustion, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms stand out as being very common.
In China, these expected mental health effects are already being reported in the first research papers about the lockdown. Reasons for stress abound in lockdown there is a risk of infection, fear of becoming sick or of losing loved ones, as well as the prospect of financial hardships. All these, and many more, are present in this current pandemic.
The first COVID-19 vaccine in China is expected to be ready for clinical trials by the end of April, according to Xu Nanping, China’s vice-minister of science and technology. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved limited energy use for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
To protect ourselves from coronavirus we just need to be careful and take necessary measures and precautions to protect ourselves from coronavirus.
Taking care of one’s hygiene, practising social distancing, washing your hands(at least 20 secs), having lots of green tea/warm water, eating healthy food to boost your immune system. Meditation is also very important. And utilize this quarantine period in good and healthy activities. Learn something new which can help you in the future too.
Being a psychology student, this is the most important time to practice what we learn, that is to help people who are in depression or battling anxiety due to coronavirus.
Besides, one can at least be optimistic and hope for the best in these dark days and if we don’t, COVID-19 will get in your mind and drive you crazy.
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”.-Sun Tzu
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it is not the end”.-john Lennon
Submitted by “Javeria Ahmed”