By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer There are numerous predictions about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health and addictive disorders, particularly the effects of social isolation and economic insecurity (The Coronavirus Pandemic May Bend The Demand For Behavioral Health Services and Looking Ahead—Addiction Treatment In The Post-Crisis Recovery). We already know that consumers who report frequent feelings of loneliness suffer higher rates of mortality, depression, and cognitive decline (see Social Disconnectedness, Perceived Isolation, And Health Among Older Adults, Social Isolation Linked To Higher Risk Of Death and Is Loneliness The Overlooked Social Determinant?). The initial statistics confirm the predictions. Consider that the Disaster Distress…
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