Quarantine can lead to mental health issues: How To Cope?by Souporno Ghosh Student
Quarantine and isolation have become buzzwords in these times of
Covid-19 pandemic. A majority of persons who have either tested positive
for Covid-19 or are close contacts of positive patients are ending up
in quarantine in their homes.
For many people who are in
home quarantine, it could be stressful, taxing and a distressing
experience. Living alone cut-off from family members and the society
triggers anxiety, increases stress and become a reason for triggering
major mental health concerns.
and anxiety: The most common condition that could arise during
quarantine is anxiety, which happens due to uncertainty of outcome, fear
of turning positive on testing and stigma. It can range from mild to
severe, often leading to panic attacks.
Fear of hospital quarantine: Quite often, people see it as a threat
when faced with inevitability of staying in hospital quarantine, which
can be a significant traumatic event that could trigger acute stress
disorder. People exposed to hospital quarantine have a higher risk of
later development of PTSD. Such people will be constantly bogged down by
thoughts like whether they have performed their duties adequately, fear
of death, apprehension towards the family’s reaction to one’s death,
How To Cope?
1. Keep quarantine as short as possible based on the knowledge of the incubation period.
2. Seek as much information as possible about the infection and rationale behind the quarantine.
3. Quarantined people must have accurate and unambiguous information about the nature of the problem.
4. Avoid speculation and break the chain of rumours during the hospital quarantine.
5. Screen for pre-existing medical, psychiatric and substance use disorder conditions.
6. Access to family and friends through mobile phones is vital.
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