The lack of data in the literature does not allow us to conclude whether a covid-19 pandemic was the motto for the onset of severe mental illnesses, but it is expected that many patients have seen “their states of disturbance worsen because they have greater difficulty access to consultations, “said, in a statement to Lusa, Miguel Ricou.
In addition to the inaccessibility and lack of follow-up, the professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) and the CINTESIS researcher believe that the diagnosis “was not facilitated” by the successive confinements caused by the pandemic.
“Apart from that, we have not found clear links between the pandemic and these pathologies”, he said, noting, however, that the “numbers” are the great difficulty of mental health services.
“There is great difficulty in reporting and, therefore, we have little recognized data,” he said.
Although the correlation between the pandemic and serious mental pathologies, such as schizophrenia and dementia, is not possible, it is due to other illnesses such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, obsessive-compulsive and addictive behavior.
“We are facing a tsunami in mental health. I have doubts about that and I am very afraid of the answer,” said the expert.
Perception that the response remains “little” for demand, a “weak” organization and a “very late” reaction, Miguel Ricou receives what can “come that way”.
“I hope it will at least serve to shake the conscience of the most skeptical,” he noted, noting that finding “answers to people’s problems now is critical.”
“We should be looking for people, doing deliberate psychological education because it is very preventive of what the problems are. We should be reaching out to people to work with them, they still don’t have imbalances that cause illness”, he emphasizes.
Remembering that the pandemic focused people on their problems and made them reconsider their lives, with 44% of them having made an important decision during the pandemic crisis, Miguel Ricou argued that “the later you reach people, the potentially more serious they can be be the frames”.
“Inevitably we are always wasting time and increasing the economic cost,” he added.