The coronavirus crisis has led to two situations for which there is no precedent in recent decades: psychological problems affect more people than normal, on the one hand, and many of these people cannot move . -In consultation with a psychologist, on the other.
Luckily today there is a solution that allows you to adapt to these circumstances: online therapy.
Throughout this article we will see how our work as a psychologist can be effective support for those who suffer from anxiety problems, very common during these days of confinement.
What aspects of the pandemic are a source of anxiety?
These are the different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that favor the emergence of anxiety problems among the population of the countries most affected by the coronavirus.
1. Economic and labor uncertainty
We must not forget that psychological well-being is strongly influenced by the material living conditions we have: In general, it is more complicated to be happy and to have an optimal capacity for emotional management if you are in a situation of job insecurity and lack of resources to live.
This is why the spread of the coronavirus is generating such a strong psychological imprint among many strata of society: we must not only deal with the discomfort caused by the sight of our limited freedoms during these days, but also know how to deal with the thoughts of predict what will happen to us in the face of the economic crisis that emerges from the pandemic. And given the lack of information and knowledge in general, it is very easy for fear to arise; the most pessimistic ideas have the power to attract our attention if there are no certainties that neutralize their effect.
Social isolation is another factor that potentiates the onset of anxiety disorders. More precisely, it promotes the development of what in psychology is called anxiety-depressive disorders. The tendency to spend a lot of time without interacting with other people this leads us into an unhealthy lifestyle, In which we do not expose ourselves to activities capable of stimulating, we suffer from greater discomfort and it is more difficult for us to regulate our emotions, which is able to generate a domino effect that worsens the situation.
For example, spending hours upon hours alone makes us more likely to sleep irregularly, eat poorly, and be less physically active and worse organizing our schedules, as well as engaging in fewer activities that are truly satisfying for us.
This lack of stimuli, added to the possible appearance of problems derived from the previous one (accumulation of responsibilities, malnutrition, postural and muscular problems, lack of sleep, etc.) increases the probabilities of developing generalized anxiety, depression, addictions, etc.
3. The problems of coexistence
For many people, it is very difficult to be surrounded by the people they live with all the time. This crisis situation exacerbates the problems of conflict management, And makes the consequences of these can be more negative, not only having the option to leave the house until the situation calms down.
On the other hand, for many parents, childbirth means having to care for their young children 24 hours a day for several weeks in a row because they are not going to school; all this added to a context of committed work.
4. The duel
We must not forget that for many people the pandemic implies the need to know how to deal with the grief caused by the loss of loved ones who did not survive COVID-19, Or they are in very poor condition.
The feelings of distress produced by such situations often generate psychological rumination, that is, disturbing thoughts that come back to us over and over again, and which usually end up disappearing within a few days, but which sometimes lead to a real psychological crisis. in the face where it becomes necessary to go to therapy.
5. Fear of infection
Finally, the fear of being infected is also a source of anxiety in which online therapy can be very useful. For some people, it is difficult to “disconnect” from these catastrophic thoughts. that being mistaken for 5 seconds may involve being infected and / or transmitting the virus to the rest of the family.
How does online therapy help these cases?
As we have seen, emotional disorders linked to anxiety are the protagonists in terms of the psychological impact of the coronavirus crisis. Faced with this, online therapy brings the following benefits.
1. It is accessible to all
In Western societies, virtually anyone can receive psychological treatment. without having to leave the house: the same goes for your state of health or age, as long as you have an Internet connection and an electronic device capable of connecting to the network.
2. It helps to balance the schedules
As the patient saves travel time in the psychologist’s office, it’s easy to incorporate these sessions into your weekly schedule.
3. The fear of contagion is not an obstacle
People who are afraid of being infected can count on the professional support of the psychotherapist. the safe environment of your home.
4.Allows you to choose from more options
On the other hand, not being conditioned by distance, the patient can choose the psychologist he prefers whatever the kilometers that separate him.
Would you like to learn how to manage anxiety through online therapy?
If you are considering using online therapy to overcome your anxiety issues, I invite you to contact me. I am a psychologist specializing in the clinical field and have been treating patients for over 25 years, In addition to being one of the pioneers of online therapy in Spain. To see my contact details, go to this page.
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fifth edition. DSM-V. Masson, Barcelona.
- McLaughlin, K .; Behar, E .; Borkovec, T. (2005). Family history of psychological problems in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology 64 (7): pages 905-918.