NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) - A new survey out of Vanderbilt University is showing the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on our mental well-being.
Researchers polled parents with children under the age of 18 at the beginning of June.
They found that 27 percent of parents felt like their own mental health had worsened. 14 percent of those parents saw negative changes in their kids.
Anxiety, depression, isolation are just a few of the mental tolls people are dealing with right now.
“For most of us who are oriented around relationships with other people who draw energy from other people and interaction with others this isolation has been very challenging," Dr. Jim Jackson, who is a professor of medicine and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said.
Researchers also found that families with young children were more likely to report mental health issues than those with older kids.
Jackson said the isolation is the reason some people won't abide by safety precautions, like social distancing.
“I think there are some people who have said I’m willing, I think unwisely to throw caution to the wind just because I need to interact with other people," Jackson said.
It’s the constant “unknown” of when your life will be back to normal that is can be crippling for so many.
“Try to acknowledge there are things you can’t control and in that context try hard to control the things you can control," Jackson said.
Jackson said self-care is more important now.
“The more we can be paying attention to our mental health," Jackson said. "The more we can be building our mental health muscles up The better shape we will be in to handle the stress and strain of COVID.”
Jackson advises people who are experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety to seek help. Telemedicine is a good route to start.
When it comes to feeling isolated, try and get together with friends on ZOOM or pick up a new hobby if you haven’t it ready.