While governments insist that lockdowns are the cure for stopping COVID, mental health experts are warning of the massive fallout from this decision as lockdowns are coming at a horrid cost to people’s mental well-being.
But governments don’t seem to care, as they pick and choose what experts they will to listen too. And, with second lockdowns now being implemented, it is getting worse, much worse. Recently, several psychologists in Canada sounded the alarm.
The Toronto Sun explains:
“I have never seen anything like it in my 20 years,” says Michelle Sorensen, a clinical psychologist who sees patients in Ottawa. “People are really spiralling after almost a year of traumatic stress.”
Sorensen points out that the small things that kept her patients going in the summer and fall — going to yoga or the gym, meeting a friend for coffee, seeing parents at school drop-off — have now been taken away from them. “Without a sense of community, mental health is at an all-time crisis point,” she says.
Other professionals in Ontario are seeing similar societal problems unfold.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the severity of a broad range of symptoms experienced by my patients,” says Dr. Mark Berber, a psychiatrist at Markham Stouffville Hospital and professor at University of Toronto and Queen’s University.
The psychologists also warned about the impact the lockdowns were specifically having on children. One warned that students, who are unable to cope with online learning, have simply dropped out of school and its doubtful they will return.
And in Britain there was a sad story of a woman, who, deprived of help because of the second lockdown, killed her 10-year-old autistic son, because she could no longer cope. READ: ‘The tragedy is that she loved him so dearly’: As mother admits killing her autistic 10-year-old son, friends reveal her agony at life trapped in a flat with the beloved child who ‘howled like a dog in distress’ but was abandoned by local council
The lockdown cure is worse than the virus. Thousands of virologists and medical practitioners have signed the Great Barrington Declaration that states:
As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.