Mental and Emotional Health During the Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have had to make significant changes to their daily lives and adapt to the many unknowns. These changes are difficult for everyone but can be particularly difficult for those that have pre-existing mental health conditions.
There have been increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide largely due to social isolation. This is because humans are wired to need and rely on social interactions for overall well-being and sense of purpose. There are things people can do to stay mentally and emotionally healthy during this time including:
- Keeping informed with reliable sources but take breaks from pandemic related news content. Limit social media and COVID related conversations especially around children.
- Find a purpose and work towards a goal. Use the extra time to tend to a new project, hobby, skills, etc.
- Maintaining a routine; Allocate time for work and time for rest. Continue to get dressed daily and stay on as much of a schedule as possible.
- Social contact is still vital. Keep in regular contact with loved ones by telephone or virtually—there are some good options like Facetime, Skype and Zoom.
- Get physical and go outside daily for at least 30 minutes.
- If you can, find ways big and small to help others and contribute to making a difference in your community.
- If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, reach out. Even at a distance, the resources are still available for you.
When is it time to seek help?
Patients with pre-existing psychiatric disorders should maintain regular treatment through telehealth or in-person. Individuals with moderate to severe distress, anxiety or depression should be screened for suicidal thoughts right away.
When someone with an acute psychiatric disorder is no longer able to function on their own (taking care of basic needs, functioning at home or work etc.), or poses a danger to themselves or others, inpatient treatment may be the only option.
When to seek immediate help:
- Suicidal ideations, gestures, plans
- Engaging in self injurious behaviors
- Homicidal ideations
- Auditory or visual hallucinations
- Increased substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to nearest Emergency Department immediately for evaluation.
The Behavioral Health Program at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
Trumbull Regional Medical Center’s behavioral health team has the expertise to care for a wide range of mental illness. Trumbull has a 35-bed unit between the adult and geriatric side run by full time psychiatrists and 2 nurse practitioners.
Our program is designed to manage immediate crises and achieve optimal functioning and emotional stability. Our multidisciplinary team provides stabilization, evaluation, planning and treatment in a safe, secure environment with 24-hour nursing care.
We develop a customized treatment plan for each individual that draws from a variety of services and therapies, including:
- Intensive medication management
- Individual, group and family therapy sessions at least 4 times a day
- Patient and family psychoeducation
- Stress management, coping and relaxation techniques
- Collaboration with mental health organizations in the community and Trumbull county probate court for court ordered treatment
The Geropsychiatric Program restores patients age 60 and over to the optimum level of mental and physical health and functioning while preserving the dignity and integrity of the patient and their family. This age group is subjected to a host of physical disorders, which can have severe psychological effects. Our program addresses:
- Sleep disorders
- Social withdrawal
Therapy and treatment may include family and group therapy, expressive therapy, behavioral therapy, medication and education. The goal of the program is to restore patients to optimum mental and physical health. For more information on our behavioral health services, visit trumbullregional.org or call 330-841-9942.
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