Make no mistake! Being quarantined due to COVID-19 feels like going to prison. Unlike people staying in Isolation on their choice so that they protect themselves and the others, those in quarantine don’t share the same feelings. They are suspects placed into custody, meaning they represent a threat to society.
Although it is the right thing to do, and some of them might be guilty of recklessly putting themselves into that situation for no good reason, the rest shouldn’t forget that they are human beings. They got through a stressful situation that might emotionally damage them. It is similar to post-traumatic-stress-syndrome.
Specialists warn that avoidance and long-lasting frustration can end into severe anxiety and anger. Those two are the most critical and common psychological repercussions of a prolonged quarantine can have.
What triggers anxiety and anger during the COVID-19 Isolation
Pretty much everything that would do so in normal living conditions:
- Fear. Being infected and/or infecting others is something that can scare a lot. It is a matter of life and death so that the fear can get to very high levels.
- Boredom. Don’t minimize the consequence of prolonged sensation of feeling useless. Because feeling bored is the incapacity of finding meaning in the things we do.
- Abandonment. If the one quarantined isn’t getting adequate attention, he/she might end up feeling abandoned. The lack of communication and not having sufficient necessary supplies become proof for them that they don’t matter.
- Lack of meaning. Quarantine people must be aware that what they are doing has a significant meaning. That quarantine is not a punishment but an important mission they have: to help to keep the world safe.
- Stigma. When we do something wrong, people avoid and more so, they judge us. People in quarantine need to be reassured that they are missed by the groups they belong to, not feared.
- History. For those with a psychiatric history, it becomes even harder. They have to deal with such a controversial affection in the past increases the power of all of the above. Curiously enough, health-care workers might also fall into history’s incidence and need extra help in dealing with quarantine consequences. They go through a significant role change — from savior to a potential aggressor.
COVID-19 due to the new coronavirus is no joke, so protect yourself!