Who is a ‘Lost generation’ and how to reduce mental illness in Covid 19?

Covid 19 has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us, and this ride is not going to stop soon. 

To deal with the scary ride, healthcare providers work all day and night to slower and try to provide comfort to the patients. But, apart from physical distress, covid has encountered several mental issues to us. Therefore, surveys have been conducted to track people’s behavior to the pandemic. 

Mental illness and pandemic history

SARS, and Ebola, and Bird flu were the most popular pandemic in history. During that time, there was an increase in suicide, with 30%. People encounter negative psychological behavior, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety attacks, post-traumatic stress, and insomnia. Besides traumatic death and diagnosed cases, many people lost their jobs and struggled to earn their daily bread and butter. 

Hence, all these implications and outbreak affects on the long-lasting mental health of people. 

Covid 19 and psychological disorders

According to The Guardian survey, the new generation, including children and youth, are at risk and named as “lost generation” due to their unconscious mind. The new generation of the country is in danger because of psychological problems happening during the pandemic. While looking at the rising mental disorders, experts said it is alarming to the whole world. 

A similar study shows that mental disorders have increased in the past three years, with 16% in boys age 5 to 16 and 17% among girls of the same age. Besides that, teens (11 to 16 years) have expressed lockdown as worsened their mental health, with 54.1% among boys and 59% in girls. 

Apart from the young generation, adults have also experienced negative changes in their emotional behavior. Women are more susceptible to mental disabilities, with 27.2%, while men with 13.3%.

In addition to this, the American population is more prone to get depression in the pandemic as studies have shown 40% of Americans are dealing with social anxiety and depression. 

“The second wave of the pandemic will be more about Mental health”- by Scientists. 

It is a warning statement for the government to do something with rising mental illness cases. 

However, people can reduce the risks of mental illness by taking care of themselves by following these things:

According to psychiatry, specialist, and stress management associates-

  • More socialize- well, covid has restricted the movement, but you can keep in touch with your friend over a call or a video call. The more you talk to more friends or parents, the more relaxed you feel.
  • Follow your passion- Lockdown may have stopped you from being productive in work and study. But you can utilize that time and engage in your hobbies.
  • Do not stick with the phone- more screen time means isolation and loneliness.
  • Try medication with medication- If you feel the anxiety is eating you, try a relative and suitable medicine like Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. But ask your doctor and try meditation and exercise. 

Mental Health Definition by WHO

 “ Mental Health is a state of complete physical well-being, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 

Hence, it is essential to become physically fit and mentally happy, and socially interactive. Although there are different types of mental illness, anything can be manageable under the guidance of experts. 

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