Covid-19 infections can lead to mental health issues

There have been some worrying reports in the media recently about the long term effects of Covid-19 infections. As time progresses we are learning more about the illness and its effects both short and long term on the mind and body.

Research find high levels of  anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD

A recently released Italian study has found that 50% of hospitalised survivors of Covid-19 infections have significantly worse mental health than before their illness. The people surveyed reported that they were struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia and PTSD after their bout of illness.

Inflammation may cause mental health issues

The researchers have suggest that this may be explained by the inflammation which occurs in the body while it’s fighting the Covid-19 infection. It’s been confirmed that women are less likely to die from Covid-19 than men but this research found that more are likely to suffer from anxiety and depression after recovery.

“Psychiatric effects could be caused by the immune response to the virus itself, or by psychological stressors such as social isolation, psychological impact of a novel severe and potentially fatal illness, concerns about infecting others, and stigma” said the researchers.

Covid survivors delay seeking help

This research adds to mounting concerns about the possible ongoing complications for survivors of Covid-19 infection. It seems that survivors don’t immediately seek help for anxiety, depression and PTSD possibly due to a perceived lack of  resources in NHS mental health services.

How I Treat Anxiety

At Behavioural Freedom, I use a skills-based model for treating anxiety and other mental health issues. During our sessions, I will teach you relaxation techniques and helpful ways in which you can fundamentally and positively change the way you behave, think and act. It’s also important to note here that you can’t be stressed or suffer from anxiety when you are in a relaxed state. The skills you’ll learn during your time with me will be vital to both your on-going treatment and perhaps more so as you leave my care.

A combination of Applied Relaxation and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is considered by the British Medical Journal to be one of the most effective therapies to alleviate anxiety and put you on a path to having a positive mind-set and being able to live life to the fullest, free of worries. By combining both and adding in the element of hypnosis, I believe this is the most effective, pragmatic and relevant approach to the treatment of anxiety.

Please contact me today to start the journey back to behavioural freedom.