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  • Brent Woods, MA, LPC

Uncovering the Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health Care: Recognizing the Need for Improvement

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been an unprecedented global health crisis that has had a profound impact on mental health. The psychological effects of the pandemic have been far-reaching and devastating, with studies showing that mental health conditions are on the rise.

In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 40% of adults are struggling with mental health issues since the start of the pandemic. A survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also reported that 48% of adults have felt anxious or depressed due to the pandemic. Mental health issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse have all seen an alarming increase since the pandemic began.

The pandemic has also caused a drastic increase in the need for mental health services. For example, in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana, mental health services have seen a 45% increase since the start of the pandemic. This has put a strain on mental health resources and has caused longer wait times for appointments.

The lack of access to mental health services has caused many people to turn to online therapy as an alternative. Online therapy has become increasingly popular, with many people turning to teletherapy as a way to get the help they need without having to leave their homes.

In conclusion, the pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health services, both in terms of increased demand and the need for improved access. It is essential that we recognize the mental health issues brought on by the pandemic and take steps to ensure that those who are struggling can access the mental health care they need. If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to seek help and get the support you need.

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