Stay-at-Home Orders: Tough on Mental Health

Kaia Bonilla

The isolation caused by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders has likely made things extremely difficult for those who suffer from mental health issues. 

The general population’s interactions have been limited to household or family members. 

There is a relationship between positive human interactions and the brain, these events result in the release of dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as “the happy chemicals.” 

Constant interaction within interpersonal relationships can become toxic, even within the most tight-knit families. This can lead to other issues found in toxic households. 

“For most students, school was a safe place away from home and now they’re stuck there with nowhere to go due to the virus,” said Gaither student Anna Douglas.

Being on lock down can lead to prolonged introspective dialogue with oneself. These sessions can produce negative thoughts and opportunities to re-visit insecurities and self-doubt. 

The mirror is a common fixture in homes. Mirrors give people’s minds to weaponize reflections, ruining body image and confidence. This could lead to the development or a relapse in eating disorders and body dysmorphia.

A lack of motivation has also affected many, especially those who are participating in eLearning. For most students, this is their first time being educated online and it’s causing many students to feel stressed and overwhelmed. As a result, it would not be shocking to assume that these feelings have increased mental breakdowns and panic attacks.

“School is tedious online and I don’t even feel motivated to do it and honestly I just feel like I’m mentally deteriorating by not doing anything productive,” said Pasco-Hernando State College student Salvatore Smisek.

Watching the shows and streams celebrities have been putting out during the quarantine can help the time at home become a more positive experience.