The quarantine has taken a toll on society, forced to pause their usual activity for a long period of time. However, what would happen if we retraced our steps and faced this preventive confinement again? It is the question that many ask themselves, given the sprouts that affect a large part of Spain. “One of the most important effects will be the appearance of depressions associated with the social situation that the coronavirus will generate. During the crisis of 2008, suicide attempts increased, and it is foreseeable that this will happen again ”, predicts Grande.
Symptoms of depression and anxiety were the most frequent manifestations during confinement, according to the psychiatrist; They represent the greatest threat to a hypothetical return to the same situation. “If we have been like this since March, it is possible that resilience, people’s ability to endure, falters and leads to more chronic anxiety and turns into the aforementioned depressive symptoms.”
The greatest risk will be run by those with a history of mental disorders, as well as those who do not have good socioeconomic support, since they suffer “the anxiety of not being able to make it to the end of the month, feed your children, etc.”, says the secretary of the SEP. For its part, post-traumatic stress syndrome or acute stress syndrome would occur more in people who have lived through extreme situations. In this specific area are health personnel in hospitals or relatives who could not say goodbye to people admitted to the medical center.
With the lesson learned, it is important to pay attention to those activities that can be effective in avoiding or alleviating the psychological consequences, but it is also necessary to watch out for harmful behaviors on mental health. “The most important thing is to maintain activities and hobbies that provide an escape valve”remembers Grande. These are so essential to be able to withstand a quarantine situation like the contact with relatives and close people.
Because not interrupting social relationships, even confined, is a differential factor. In fact, there are now many more instruments that encourage remote communication, something that older people have also learned. “A lot of older people have gotten their hands on the telecommunications issue,” says the expert.
And finally, it is just as relevant keep overinformation at bay. Grande advocates the importance of dosing contact with the media. “It is not advisable to be constantly aware of the news, because there are not really so many changes. It is good to stay informed, but not twenty-four hours a day ”, emphasizes the secretary of the SEP.