While stay-at-home orders may be beneficial to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, mental health experts say the effects of the shutdown could lead to increases in anxiety, depression and suicide.
Psychologists Mark A. Reger and Ian. H. Stanley, both of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and Thomas E. Joiner, a psychology professor at Florida State University, outlined the mental health problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic in an article recently published by JAMA Psychiatry.https://www.phillyvoice.com/social-distancing-suicide-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-telehealth-depression-unemployment/
Men and women physicians are more likely to commit suicide than the general population by 79.8% and 42.5%, respectively, according to a separate study. Health care workers may suffer from moral injury, a condition that occurs when a provider is forced to make a decision that intervenes with a patient’s care. The coronavirus pandemic has many doctors facing such decisions
I did not know this about physicians having a higher suicide rate than the general population overall, clearly it makes some sense given current triage requirements that are being foisted upon them.
Sadly, this article just repeats the tropes that the government wants you to hear, without any meaningful engagement with the underlying collective psyche. The US, as a whole, tends to be more extroverted than say Germany. Thus, “virtual happy hours” may or may not be effective. Suicidal ideation has probably significantly increased. Isolation definitely contributes to this. Whether or not this is linked to moral injury is tenuous.