The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left people who have come into contact with the virus self-isolating to avoid infecting others. As the world's population goes into quarantine, does spending time quarantined lead to negative mental health outcomes?
No, quarantine is not bad for our mental health
There is no reason why people in quarantine can’t devote their time to pursing an activity that will have positive mental health outcomes.
We can all take a step back and think
The disruption quarantine causes in our lives will give many the opportunity to take stock. This will result in better decisionmaking and better long-term mental health outcomes.Explore
You can spend time with your children
Building stronger parent-child bonds pay dividends in mental health outcomes over one's lifetime.Explore
You can learn a new skill
Learning a new skill has positive mental health outcomes. Quarantines afford people the time to do this.Explore
You can declutter your living space
Decluttering is often overlooked when we are balancing work with our social lives. Without these distractions, quarantine will allow us to improve our living spaces, and with it, our mental health.Explore
Yes, quarantine is bad for your mental health
Being isolated from friends and family and reduced social interactions are proven to cause significant damage to our mental health.
Quarantine causes PTSD
Sustained periods of quarantine lead to elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Explore
Quarantine puts strain on familial relationships
The stresses of quarantine push families to their limits. This has negative mental health outcomes.Explore
Quarantine causes depression
Quarantine leads to elevated rates of depression and anxiety among those affected.Explore
Quarantine leads to increased rates of substance and alcohol dependency
Higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse were observed in populations that were quarantined during the SARS epidemic.Explore
The mental health outcomes from extended periods of quarantine and isolation are dependent on many factors.
On external stressors
It is not quarantine itself that is causing negative mental health outcomes, but the stressors that come with most quarantines.Explore
On public health systems
Access to mental health treatment dictates the mental health outcomes of quarantines.Explore
This page was last edited on Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 at 17:53 UTC