Although seeking treatment for behavioural and mental problems is not as straightforward as it seems, there has been an increasing value in psychotherapy with the rise in anxiety and depression during the pandemic.
Millions of Americans slide into depression at some point in their lives. It has become an all too familiar scenario. Depression is a product of many factors, and there’s no telling where it comes from or what the trigger might be. With the ongoing pandemic, another type of pressure brings forth the possibility of depression, even in young people.
Medical experts hope that more people should have convenient access to psychotherapy on top of other mental health care services. The immediacy of this health service is well-founded since mental health issues have dramatically increased during the pandemic.
The Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that while young adults are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental health problems, there also has been a significant increase in people aged 65 and above. The number doubled compared to the figures in 2018.
Isolation, loneliness, and the lack of social interaction are the three primary factors that intensified anxiety or depression. For psychiatrists and other medical practitioners, all patients’ common denominator is that they need intervention in increased psychotherapy sessions. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it. This is in line with the insufficient number of experts in the populace.
Experts say that older people (mostly over 80) are more unenthusiastic when treating psychological disorders. Simultaneously, some practitioners create bias within themselves by thinking that older people are less likely to change their behaviour and mental state. Furthermore, practitioners find more hope in treating younger patients since they have decades ahead of them to obtain psychotherapy benefits.
But the aging population deserves as much attention as the younger generation. COVID-19 restrictions, most notably physical distancing, carry a negative impact on the mental health of the elderly. People aged over 65 are typically prohibited from going out because they are more likely to get the virus because of a weakened immune system. The restrictions eventually lead to physical isolation, which puts the elderly at a considerable mental health risk.
Highly compromised mental health causes anxiety, distress, and even trauma. Self-isolation prevents people from seeing their family and friends, which can take its toll on the mentally and emotionally stable. Psychotherapy is the missing link; if only everyone has access to it, there should be less worry about an individual’s mental state, even in the pandemic.
The world lives in an extraordinary time, where anxiety, depression, and stress are becoming more common than they have ever been. With psychiatric intervention and treatment, there’s a proven way to help everyone cope with challenging times. Experts and medical professionals emphasize the importance of psychotherapy to keep emotions in check and help those in dire need.