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How Pandemic Is Changing And Affecting Mental Health?

How Pandemic Is Changing And Affecting Mental Health?

This pandemic has already disrupted the much needed rhythm of many of the lives in every discernible way possible. People now work quite differently. They play differently. Most of the individuals are self-medicating with some junk food or finding new ways for making it through the pandemic. The Covid-19 has stressed people like never before, there are many worries about the pandemic and it was quite frightening at first, then it got chronic and very exhausting in the past few months.

How Pandemic Is Changing And Affecting Mental Health?

Then there are some individuals whose life out of their home,  in the pre pandemic time, was very stressful and tiresome. Such were the people who are socially anxious. Most of such people have become quite proficient in hiding such symptoms, that might include some kind of irrational fears, or a very self conscious presentation, fear of embarrassment or humiliation, and unnecessary worrying about social interactions.

How Pandemic Is Changing And Affecting Mental Health?

Living this life mostly staying from the society — with no or very little contact based social, school or work obligations — that has been a blessing for the socially anxious people.

Their life at the home, includes mostly communicating through various video calls and various texts, with some entertainment provided by some puzzles, novels, and video streaming apps like Netflix, which has served such individuals perfectly fine, many of such people state this. Such people are not in a hurry for getting back to the post pandemic normal life and their businesses as usual.

But when the question arises returning to a form of the pre-pandemic life? This completely stresses them out.

If one is not among this crowd, he should imagine for a moment fearing the everyday activities like chance personal encounters, speaking before a group, or being in crowded spaces. One should imagine feeling deeply self-conscious whenever in the presence of others.

One should just consider the idea that one may revisit any foolish statement or any awkward moment, from a day over and over again. One should imagine the relief this group mus havet felt being free from these demands and stress, most of which are ordinary and taken for granted by the majority of people.

How does social anxiety appear?

Social anxiety is quite common phenomenon today. In fact, in U.K. and the U.S. over the lifetime, between 10% and 12% of people are diagnosed with social anxiety disorder at one time or another. And this number may increase precipitously as  people are struggling to head back into society as it reopens.

Further, many people today are suffering from agoraphobia, a chronic fear of places and circumstances that may drive feelings of helplessness, panic or humiliation. Many agoraphobic individuals, as a result, are essentially homebound,  due to being crippled by their anxiety. And many kids so anxious that, even pre-pandemic, they refused to go to school.

As vaccines have become available and restrictions are on distance and workplaces are beginning to lift restrictions many of this group’s latent anxieties are beginning to rear their heads.

Experts are concerned about the socially anxious returning to a new normal for nearly a year now, as being confined to homes they have been so steeped in the comfort of anxiety-free solitude. This year has been an anomaly in every way, including emotionally.

About a year ago, most of us could not imagine even in wildest dreams a world in which we not only didn’t have to go to work, school, restaurants, concerts and churches, much less that any such activity would be forbidden. And now some clients have been basking in a wholly false sense of security for the better part of a year.

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