Past experience shows that certain populations are identified as being more vulnerable to mental health problems when there are epidemic episodes :
These populations are therefore particularly to be monitored closely in the current context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictive measures imposed by governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as mandatory quarantine, can unfortunately increase feelings of social anxiety, fear and panic [2, 3]. The isolation of the population inevitably leads to the reduction, or even the total interruption of activities related to pleasure and well-being, in particular of the activities which usually take place in cultural places, places of worship, sports and leisure centers, restaurants, without forgetting the family and friends gatherings .
Many factors that may have a negative impact on the mental health and psychological well-being of people in confinement are :
Mental health professionals can help you cope with this exceptional situation and find tools to help you cope with your anxiety.
There are also solutions that the population, themselves, can put in place to counter the harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic:
For the elderly, here are some practical tips, specific to your age group, to help you cope with this exceptional situation:
If, despite taking all of these measures, you feel that you are not doing well, it is important to seek help from mental health professionals: