The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

By Jennifer Grossman

Introduction

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought on changes that none of us could have anticipated. What was supposed to be a temporary change has shifted to a new way of life. As we continue to navigate these new norms, we may start to notice that we are experiencing mental health symptoms that we did not experience before. Below is a description of possible symptoms you may be experiencing and ways you can address these symptoms.

Mental Health Symptoms

For many, the start of the pandemic was accompanied by anxiety and depression symptoms. People who experience anxiety symptoms usually will cite uncertainty as a trigger to anxiety and the pandemic continues to bring on a lot of uncertainty. You might notice that you are more worried about the future than you previously were. You might also notice feeling irritable and experiencing ruminating thoughts. Many people also noticed an increase in depression symptoms during this time. Depression symptoms can include feelings of sadness, hoplessess, not finding activities that one usually finds enjoyable to be enjoyable anymore, and low motivation.

Therapy

Therapy can help with managing mental health symptoms brought on by the pandemic. A therapist can provide you with psychoeducation about your symptoms and teach you skills to manage these symptoms. Meeting with a therapist can also provide a space where you can process and navigate all of the changes brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to learn more about how therapy can help, please call our office at 212-433-2384 or email us info@parkavenuepsychotherapy.com .