Journal of Mental Health and Aging

All submissions of the EM system will be redirected to Online Manuscript Submission System. Authors are requested to submit articles directly to Online Manuscript Submission System of respective journal.
Reach Us +447723862070

Perspective - Journal of Mental Health and Aging (2023) Volume 7, Issue 1

The Psychological Toll of COVID-19 on older adults:Addressing the mental health crises of a pandemic

Liliana Pezzin*

Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Liliana Pezzin
Department of Psychiatry
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: 04-Jan-2023, Manuscript No. AAJMHA-23-88946; Editor assigned: 06-Jan-2023, Pre QC No. AAJMHA-23-88946 (PQ); Reviewed: 20-Jan-2023, QC No. AAJMHA-23-88946; Revised: 22-Jan-2023, Manuscript No. AAJMHA-23-88946 (R); Published: 30-Jan-2023, DOI: 10.35841/aajmha-7.1.133

Citation: Pezzin L. The psychological toll of covid-19 on older adults: Addressing the mental health crises of a pandemic. J Ment Health Aging.2023;7(1)133

Visit for more related articles at Journal of Mental Health and Aging

Abstract

Depression: Depression is a common issue among older adults, and it can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. Anxiety: Anxiety can become more prevalent with age, and older adults may experience feelings of worry, fear, and nervousness. Cognitive decline: Age-related cognitive decline can affect memory, attention, and decision-making abilities. Dementia: Dementia is a progressive decline in cognitive function that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with communication and daily activities. Substance abuse: Substance abuse can become a problem for older adults, as they may use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, physical pain, or loneliness. It is important for older adults to seek professional help if they experience any of these challenges, as early treatment can improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.

Keywords

Chronic Pain, Stressors, Reluctant, Stigma.

Introduction

Depression: Older adults may experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Anxiety: Anxiety disorders can become more prevalent in older age, with symptoms such as excessive worry, nervousness, and irritability. Dementia: A decline in cognitive function, memory loss, and disorientation are common in some older adults, and may lead to the development of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Substance abuse: Substance abuse and addiction can also be a problem for some older adults, often as a result of boredom, social isolation, or an attempt to self-medicate for physical or emotional pain. Delirium: Older adults may also experience delirium, a sudden onset of confusion, disorientation, and agitation. These challenges can have a significant impact on the quality of life for older adults and their loved ones, and it's important for those affected to receive proper treatment and support [1, 2].

Normal aging is associated with certain psychiatric challenges such as increased risk of depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline. Additionally, older adults may experience increased stress from loss of loved ones, decreased physical and cognitive abilities, and social isolation. Healthcare providers must be mindful of these challenges and tailor their interventions to the unique needs and circumstances of older adults [3]. Effective interventions may include individual or group therapy, medication management, and engagement in physical and social activities. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of individuals worldwide, leading to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. The social, economic, and health consequences of the pandemic have contributed to the rise in suicides globally. The loss of jobs, financial instability, isolation, and social distancing measures has all been identified as contributing factors. The pandemic has also strained healthcare systems, making it more difficult for individuals to access mental health services [4].

It is important for governments and communities to prioritize mental health support during and after the pandemic, by providing accessible and effective mental health resources and increasing public awareness about the importance of mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of people worldwide. The sudden changes to daily life and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, as well as the fear of contracting the virus, have led to an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression. This has resulted in a rise in suicides globally, with reports of increased rates of suicide or suicidal ideation in many countries. The pandemic has also exacerbated existing mental health conditions, such as PTSD, and has created new challenges for those who were already struggling with mental health issues. The economic downturn and job losses have also contributed to the rise in mental health problems. It is important for governments and healthcare providers to address this global psychological pandemic by providing accessible and affordable mental health resources and support to those in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health, leading to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression globally. One of the most concerning outcomes of the pandemic is the rise in suicide rates. The pandemic has disrupted daily life and created unprecedented levels of stress and uncertainty, leading to a significant increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The risk factors for suicide include job loss, financial stress, isolation, and disrupted access to mental health services. Governments, mental health organizations, and healthcare providers should work together to address the mental health crisis brought on by the pandemic and provide support to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This includes increasing access to mental health resources, promoting public awareness about the importance of mental health, and providing support to those who have lost loved ones to suicide [5].

Conclusion

Few researches have examined the psychological effects of lockdown on the mental health of Italian youngsters thus far. The current study looked into how Italian primary and middle school pupils perceived changes in routine and psychological distress (anxiety and mood symptoms) during the COVID-19 quarantine.

References

  1. Roy A, Singh AK, Mishra S, et al. Mental health implications of COVID-19 pandemic and its response in India. Int. J. Soc. Psychiatry. 2021;67(5):587-600.
  2. Google Scholar

  3. Wang H, Li T, Gauthier S, et al. Coronavirus epidemic and geriatric mental healthcare in China: how a coordinated response by professional organizations helped older adults during an unprecedented crisis. Int. Psychogeriatr. 2020;32(10):1117-20.
  4. Indexed at, Google Scholar, Cross Ref

  5. Holmes EA, O'Connor RC, Perry VH, et al. Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science. LANCET PSYCHIAT. 2020;7(6):547-60.
  6. Indexed at, Google Scholar, Cross Ref

  7. Gupta S, Sahoo S. Pandemic and mental health of the front-line healthcare workers: a review and implications in the Indian context amidst COVID-19. gen. psychiatry. 2020;33(5).
  8. Indexed at, Google Scholar, Cross Ref

  9. Wand AP, Zhong BL, Chiu HF, Draper B, De Leo D. COVID-19: the implications for suicide in older adults. Int. Psychogeriatr. 2020;32(10):1225-30.
  10. Indexed at, Google Scholar, Cross Ref

Get the App

Vizag Tech Summit