One of the biggest impacts on our bodies as a result of COVID-19 is the impact on our brain. COVID-19 has kept us continually worrying about whether we will contract the virus and whether one of our loved ones will suffer severe health consequences or die if they contract the virus. The impact on our mental health has resulted in nearly one in four adults, or 23%, drinking more alcohol to cope with the stress of the pandemic as reported in the American Psychological Association’s latest survey.
In a survey published in February 2021, nearly 33% of the 5,000 surveyed respondents reported depression or anxiety symptoms. Additionally, 30% reported trauma and stress symptoms related to COVID-19. The survey also reported that 15% of respondents increased substance use and 12% reported that they seriously considered suicide in the past month.
Overall, 43% of respondents reported at least one of the mental health symptoms listed above which are double in comparison to pre-pandemic numbers.
60% of Americans are also sleeping either more or less compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
Humans are naturally social creatures and if we’re not socializing virtually or at a distance regularly, it can have a huge impact on mental health.