Abstract And Final Paper
so i need a 350 words abstract and a final paper.
there is also an example: https://anth205.wordpress.com/2020/12/14/the-blame-game-2/
The Effects that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on Mental Health
In December of 2020, a virus, which has been named COVID-19, began in China and soon spread worldwide, affecting nearly every person who inhabited Earth. Economies crashed, people lost jobs, and schools were closed. Long story short, our lives were turned upside down. The human race had to adapt to the “new normal.” This adaptation was not easy, however, and has had many different effects on each individual.
The pandemic has provided many different factors that can affect mental health. COVID-19 has had a major effect on our lives. It has caused stress in many individuals for a number of reasons. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention). The pandemic has caused many to lose their jobs, either temporarily or permanently. Either way, this would cause strains in financial stability and sustainability for many households. The stress of trying to keep a family afloat while also tackling unemployment can be enough in itself to put a damper on someone’s state of mental health. COVID-19 has also caused a lot of events and traditions to be canceled. Sporting events, family get togethers, graduation for students, holiday parties, and church services are some examples of events that have been canceled numerous times over the course of the pandemic. Missing these events can be very upsetting. In addition, the virus has also kept people away from each other. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention). Whether it be family or friends, isolation can be very detrimental to someone’s mental health. Humans are naturally social creatures. Eliminating those chances of social interaction can have a huge effect on someone.
One of the most obvious, and possibly most harmful, ways that the pandemic has had a negative effect on mental health is the loss of a loved one. The COVID-19 virus has proven deadly many times over. I personally know people who have either had loved ones pass away, or have succumbed to the coronavirus themselves. Additionally, not all loss has been due to the coronavirus directly. Not being able to visit loved ones during the pandemic and having them pass away before one could have a chance to visit again can be just as devastating. Children are likely to be experiencing worry, anxiety and fear and older people are also those with underlying health conditions, having been identified as more vulnerable to COVID-19, can be extremely frightening and very fear-inducing (Kontoangelos). Children not being able to go to school and spend time with friends can also be devastating, especially for children with mental health needs. For children and adolescents with mental health needs, such closures mean a lack of access to the resources they usually have through schools. Going to school gave the students a daily routine to stick to, which could help the kids with mental health issues. School routines are important coping mechanisms for young people with mental health issues. When schools are closed, they lose an anchor in life and their symptoms could relapse. Zanonia Chiu, who is a registered psychologist in Hong Chog, stated, “Going to school had been a struggle for some children with depression prior to the pandemic, but at least they had school routines to stick with. Now that schools are closed, some lock themselves up inside their rooms for weeks, refusing to take showers, eat, or leave their beds.” Adjusting back to normal life can be extremely difficult for these students (Lee).
One case in particular stood out to me, and was one of the main reasons why I chose to write about this topic. A few months ago I was looking through Facebook and came across a video posted by Brooks Gibbs. The video was made by a father, Brad Hunstable, who lost his son during the COVID-19 pandemic while being off school and socially distanced at home. Brad’s starting statement of the video is, “Day two since I buried my son. My son died from the coronavirus as I mentioned, but not in the way that you think (Brooks).” Brad goes on the explain that his son, Hayden, died from suicide brought on by the social isolation. He stated that there were no clear signs other than some anger outbursts that involved a video game monitor. Hayden’s birthday was coming up, and his birthday party had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Brad explained that this upset Hayden and likely contributed to his emotional downfall. The overall message of the video is, “Human condition is not to be socially isolated (Brooks).” Hayden’s family has created a foundation for Social and Emotional Learning called “Hayden’s Corner” in his honor. The link to the video is below in the references. It includes a very powerful message and worth the watch.
The topic of mental health hits very close to home to me. I have had my fair share of mental health problems over the years. I understand what it is like to struggle and feel like your world is falling apart all around you. That is how the pandemic has felt for some.
I went to a certified doctor, got officially diagnosed, and still take medication to this day for the mental health problems that I was diagnosed with. At first, I did not tell anyone when I was struggling, but over time, the stress of dealing with my quickly declining mental health became too much for me. I took some family members that got me help. My reasoning for keeping my struggles to myself was I was ashamed of them. I was concerned about what people would think of me if they knew what was going on in my mind. I can understand how someone would be in the same circumstance during the pandemic. It is important to make mental health a priority, especially during a pandemic and social isolation. People are lost everyday due to these problems and I believe everyone should be aware of the danger that mental health issues pose to the public during COVID-19.
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