Mental Health in the Fight Against Coronavirus

With the first coronavirus case announced in Turkey on March 11, 2020, a new process began in both individual and social life. With the following days, there has been an increase in measures. A lot of information began to be published on questions such as the rules to be considered when going to the market in daily life, physical distance, personal hygiene, hygiene of household materials. On the other hand, in addition to some routines related to physical health and hygiene, another issue that should not be forgotten is our mental health. This situation became more noticeable, especially when tensions began to arise in family relations at home.

When children who go to school, go out to the street, go to the park, play with their friends start to spend all their time at home, including education, adults’ work life, productivity, and social activities that they breathe begin to disappear, a situation where all family members must spend a busy time at home and be able to manage it. we all found ourselves in the process… Children started to use the screens they used to use as a means of entertainment for education. While some of the adults worked from their homes, some continued to work actively. There have been many changes regarding working hours and the work carried out, the earnings. We have been in a time where new experiences for everyone are increasing every day, and we continue to do so. In this process, which was complex and challenging for people, there were also beneficial situations for nature. There has been a decrease in air pollution and different rates of cleaning in water bodies.

With the shock experienced at the beginning of the process, the reactions were variable. At times, people experienced the fear and anxiety part and had difficulty in organizing their days, while the same difficulty was sometimes experienced in the part of underestimating the situation. A sense of anger began to emerge when plans and dreams were blocked. When he realized that this process would not pass immediately and that we had limited control over what could be done by us, the feeling of anger began to subside. This time, as a result of the seriousness and clarity of the existing situation, some depressive feelings began to be felt. Feelings of powerlessness and inadequacy were accompanied… After a while, these feelings began to subside, and the focus began to focus on what could be done today by accepting the situation. New routines have been tried, some have worked well and have been sustainable. Some have disappeared from our lives. We are still trying to adapt as part of this process that is still changing and new for the whole world. Just like in the Kübler-Ross Model, we mourn the loss of our social and business life that we took a break.

On the other hand, like all people, sometimes you may feel bad about the process. You may feel angry that your own plans have been undermined by the process, your anxiety may increase and you may have difficulty organizing your day. You may feel fluctuations in your mood during the day, sometimes you can handle events more calmly, and sometimes you may have difficulty in maintaining your control. These behaviors can be considered quite natural in this process we encounter. Because this is a natural reaction to an unusual situation.

However, in the aforementioned situations, it can be thought that these situations, which should be considered, take up how much space in the flow of the person’s life, and how much they prevent the individual from their daily flow. Therefore;

Alcohol, cigarettes etc. attempt to circumvent the process by consuming substances,

Frequently arguing, quarreling, or quarreling with the people around

crying often

Intense anxiety, worry about the future,

Feeling restless and tense at a level that it is difficult to cope with,

Difficulty in establishing and adapting to a daily routine,

Difficulty asking for or getting help

Doing too much bodily control during the day (on yourself, your spouse or your child…)

A serious decline in personal care,

Sudden changes in mood that are difficult to cope with, etc. It is recommended that you consult a mental health professional in case of experiences that impair the functionality of the person.

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