COVID-19 atop mental health issues…

We continue to hear about the trouble of COVID-19 and how it affects individuals with previous health issues and concerns, as well as those who are older and much more sensitive to the virus.

Unfortunately, there is one thing that is hardly ever referred to…the mental health of so many Americans that is already quite sensitive. Thousands of people around our country already suffer from some common mental health issues that would not be as obvious as heart disease, COPD, or other diseases that are affected by Coronavirus.

I saw an interesting news report the other day concerning this issue, especially considering the fact that this issue continues to draw fear from a majority of the nation. This fear and stress lays a very difficult weight on the shoulders of patients with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues who are already sensitive to the national issues we face.

So, how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected these patients as well? They may not be physically at a greater risk of contracting the virus, but the many additional situations coming in response to the Coronavirus add to the level of stress that plays negatively on their mental health. And we have not thought about them all throughout this national battle.

The new is tough. The economic situation, loss of jobs, income, and much more has left them feeling helpless. Everything is much more negative than what the administration likes to show. Hopefully, we can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and get together as a nation to recover from the virus!

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