What is the COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome?

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What is the COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome?


Professor Ana Nikevi of Kingston University and Marcantonio Spada who originally proposed the notion of a “COVID-19 anxiety syndrome” last year, after noticing that people were adopting a specific set of harmful behaviors in reaction to COVID-19.

According to their most recent study (June 2021), one in every five UK participants scores strongly on the COVID-19 Anxiety Syndrome Scale. The scale highlights concern, avoidance, threat monitoring (e.g., other people’s possible symptoms of sickness), and symptom checking as patterns of behavior that keep the dread of the virus and/or being ill in mind.

Restrictions have relaxed, but not in the minds of COVID-19 anxiety syndrome sufferers. According to findings, slightly over half of the participants strongly recommended avoiding public transportation due to a fear of catching the virus, and 49% avoided touching objects in public settings. Agoraphobia and compulsive cleaning are two more severe symptoms of the COVID-19 anxiety syndrome. Inability to finish or focus on chores, sleeping issues, and a loss of interest in interacting with friends and family are all symptoms that help is required.

Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that the higher the levels of COVID-19 anxiety syndrome, the more probable those individuals are to be conscious of the virus’s risk. This group of people will also find it more difficult to detach from these risks, making it more difficult to return to normal life.

COVID-19 anxiety syndrome tends to be more common amongst younger people, as well as those who are at high risk of negative outcomes from catching COVID-19 or have lost loved ones to the virus. Furthermore, it appears that the UK has performed badly in comparison to other nations, both in terms of general mental health and the effect of the COVID-19 anxiety syndrome, according to an upcoming big pan-continental research.


What are the therapy choices and prospects for COVID-19 anxiety syndrome sufferers?


Anxiety syndrome COVID-19 is a pandemic-related condition. It is not a clinical diagnosis like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particular phobia, or chronic depression. Previous respiratory illness outbreaks have subsided, albeit with periodic ‘ripples,’ and overall regular life has returned. As a result, the study believes that most people will gradually return to normal and that the COVID-19 anxiety condition will go away. However, for individuals who are battling with components of the syndrome there are therapies meant to help people let go of problematic coping techniques that can be considered (Cognitive-Behavioral and Metacognitive Therapy). This can entail encouraging the individual to walk outdoors and then progressively indoors into small areas, touch items around them, and stay in the setting if they feel scared, as well as learning to interrupt concern and training attentiveness to become more flexible.

The primary objective of these psychological interventions is to gradually introduce acceptance of the scientifically established presumption that a world without COVID-19 is doubtful, and that COVID-19 being a pervasive virus is not something to be afraid of in and of itself; admittedly, life before COVID featured several Coronaviruses that helped cause seasonal — and relatively minor — respiratory problems on a regular basis.

There is no way of knowing when everyone will be ready to return to “life as we knew it.” For some, it may endure considerably longer than for others. However, with the help of everyone around them, everyone will eventually rise up from the ground. 

Learn how HealthBoxHR can help your employees manage their mental health and work closely and discreetly with their HR team and other managers to gain the support they need. Check out our Mental Health Management tool and/or our Vaccination and Test Tracker Tool to ensure your employee safe return to the workplace.

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