they want their lives and livelihoods back!
With financial experts predicting the C-19 coronavirus chaos response will result in an economic crash worse than the Great Depression of the 1930’s, is no wonder that depression and suicide statistics are ticking higher.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, between 25 – 30 March, 45% of respondents said the C-19 coronavirus chaos has disrupted their lives “a lot,” with women (49%) being disproportionately affected than men (40%); 27% say their lives have been impacted to “some” degree.
Most also say there’s “no end in sight,” and 74% of respondents believe “the worst is yet to come.” Only 13% believe the height of the C-19 coronavirus chaos has passed.
59% worry their investments will be negatively impacted for a long time, and 52% worry they will lose their job. A nearly identical number, 53% worry they or a family member will contract C-19 coronavirus.
Already, 39% of adults report having either lost their job or lost income due to working fewer hrs. A clear majority, 85% worry local businesses will permanently close due to loss of revenue.
Compared to the week of 11 March through 15 March, a larger proportion of Americans also reported negative mental health impacts the week of 25 March through March 30, 45% compared to 32% the week before.
According to a 16 April 2020, report by Express Scripts, an employer-based pharmacy benefit management company, prescriptions for anti-anxiety rose 34.1% between mid-February and mid-March, by which time stay-at-home orders had been issued for many parts of the US.
Combined, drugs for anxiety, depression and insomnia rose by 21%. Mirroring poll results, far more women have turned to antidepressants than men, with women increasing use by 40% compared to men, who had a 22.7% rise in prescriptions.
As reported by Newsweek: “Anxiety is the most common type of mental illnesses in the country, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, with over 40 million adults suffering from some form of disorder.
Although medication can be an effective treatment, some of the drugs used can come with serious side effects and a potential for abuse and addiction. Insomnia drugs share many of the same caveats.
Senior vice president of Express Scripts, Dr. Glen Stettin insisted that a majority of people experiencing anxiety or insomnia issues during the pandemic should 1st seek drug-free treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy or practicing good sleep. ‘If you think about anxiety and you think about sleep issues, for most people medicine is not the answer,’ said Dr. Stettin.”
Suicide rates are starting to Spike!
The fact that so many people are turning to antidepressants now is unfortunate, as these drugs have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective at best, and can actually make matters worse.
Antidepressants come with a long list of potential side effects, which include but are not limited to the following;
- Worsening depression, self-harm, violence and suicide
- Increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for risk factors such as body mass index
- An increased risk for heart attack and stroke
- An increased risk of dementia
- Depletion of various nutrients, including coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B12 in the case of tricyclic antidepressants, which are needed for proper mitochondrial function. SSRIs have been linked to iodine and folate depletion.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Last but not least, if you feel depressed, anxious or creeping despair, do not hesitate to reach out to family, friends or any of the available suicide prevention services:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) — Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line — Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
- Lifeline Crisis Chat — Chat online with a specialist who can provide emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services at www.crisischat.org
Have a healthy day, Keep the Faith!