A Jerusalem Post article raises the controversial question: Are depression, stress and an expected rise in suicides more severe than the COVID-19 disease itself? To address this issue, the paper quoted Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz, founding director of the Center for Medical Decision Making at Ono Academic College. Miron-Shatz discussed a German study showed that periods of prolonged unemployment for men could have a long-lasting emotional impact.
“The study found that even two years after some unemployed people found work, their level of happiness was lower than others in the same job,” Miron-Shatz said, noting that the shift came because the individuals said they had lost trust in their abilities to provide for their families.
Miron-Shatz also noted that the world’s obsession with reviewing the number of people dead from the pandemic, something she said has become a “national sport” in Israel, serves as a constant and unhealthy reminder “of our morbidity.”
The full article can be found at https://www.jpost.com/health-science/what-impact-does-the-coronavirus-pandemic-have-on-mental-health-636952