How the media is exacerbating the COVID-19 mental health epidemic
Overlooking COVID-19 coverage can exacerbate fear and anxiety. Since the seb_ra pandemic via Getty Images began, US anxiety rates have tripled. The rate of depression has quadrupled. Research now suggests that the media is part of the problem. Constant viewing and reading of news about COVID-19 can be harmful to your mental health. We are professors studying the psychological consequences of people involved in crises, violence and natural disasters. COVID-19 was certainly considered a crisis, and a survey of more than 1,500 US adults revealed that those with the highest media exposure to pandemics were more stressed and depressed. It was. I can understand it. The implications of death and suffering, and the image of an overwhelmed hospital and intubated patient can be horrifying. COVID-19 created infodemic. The general public is overwhelmed by more information than they can manage. And much of that information, especially online, contains disturbing rumors, conspiracy theories, confusion, misleading, and unfounded statements. Some people’s stress is worse than others According to a June 2020 survey of 5,412 adults in the United States, 40% of respondents reported suffering from mental health and substance use problems. doing. The findings did not mention whether respondents were infected with COVID-19. Since then, some people infected with COVID-19 have reported mental health problems that appeared within 90 days of the illness subsided. Caring for a relative or friend infected with the virus can cause mental health problems, and just knowing someone infected with COVID-19 can be stressful. And when family and friends die of it, anxiety and depression often follow sadness. This can happen even more if the individual dies alone, or if the monument is not possible due to a pandemic. Essential workers from hospitals to grocery stores are at increased risk of COVID-related mental health problems. This is especially true for healthcare professionals who are caring for patients who eventually die of the virus. [Get facts about coronavirus and the latest research. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.] Blacks and Hispanic adults also report more mental health problems, such as substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. Access to fewer resources and experiencing the systematic racism practiced in much of US healthcare can be two factors. The COVID-19 pandemic also crossed an episode of police violence against black Americans. This alone may exacerbate mental health problems. Children, young adults and college students also have relatively poor mental health reactions. This may be due to the discontinuity they feel caused by isolation from peers, loss of support from teachers, and loss of everyday structure. Of course, setting limits is important. However, monitor the amount of media you are consuming and evaluate how it affects you. If you’re constantly worried, overwhelmed, or have sleep problems, you may be taking too much COVID media. If this is happening to you, take a break from the news and do other things to help calm your mind. Parents should check in frequently with their children to see how their children are affected. Listening to their concerns, verifying them, and answering their questions honestly can be very helpful. If a child has difficulty talking about it, an adult can start with an open question (“What do you think about what is happening?”). Discuss how to reassure and keep children that everything is done to protect them. Wear a mask, stay socially distant, and wash your hands. Finally, you can model and encourage good coping skills for your child. Remind young people that good things are still happening in the world. Collaborate to list healthy ways to deal with COVID-19 stress. Then do them. These activities help your child deal with-and it will be good for you too. This article is republished by The Conversation, a non-profit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by J. Brian Houston of the University of Missouri, Columbia and Jennifer M. First of the University of Tennessee. Read more: CBD sales are skyrocketing, but there’s still little evidence that cannabis derivatives make a difference in anxiety and pain. Shows to Give Four Ways to Close the Racial Health Gap in COVID-19 Funded by the US Department of Drug Abuse Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) received by J. Brian Houston. Jennifer M. First does not work, consult, own shares, or receive funding for any company or organization that would benefit from this article.