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How the pandemic negatively affects mental health

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drg. R. Vensya Sitohang, M.Epid
drg. R. Vensya Sitohang, M.Epid. (Source: MINISTRY OF HEALTH)

Finally, the group created during the great oxygen scarcity in July 2021. The number of Covid-19 sufferers spiked so greatly at the time, causing a national shortage of medical oxygen. This lack of oxygen in the brain could damage the brain physically, obstructing cognitive function and causing permanent problems. 

“For example, suicidal tendencies in Indonesia increased greatly during the pandemic. In the first five months of the pandemic, health surveys show that 1 out of every 5 people in the 15 to 29 year old age range think about ending their lives. After the first year of the pandemic, a different survey discovers that 2 out of every 5 people now think about suicide. That’s doubled! Now, even worse: 1 out of 2 people now think about killing themselves in early 2022,” Dr. Hervita said. “So before everything goes too far, if you feel anxious, nervous, have trouble sleeping, suddenly feeling extremely joyous or sad without any apparent cause, please consult mental health workers and get help.” (est)

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