The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of British adults, particularly women aged 50 and older. Researchers have found that the pandemic has triggered a second “midlife crisis” for this demographic, exacerbating psychological distress and potentially accelerating the onset of chronic mental health and overall health disorders. The study’s findings highlight the need for increased support for those struggling with their mental health, particularly women who have taken on larger roles in caregiving during the pandemic. As a psychiatrist, I believe it is crucial that individuals prioritize their mental health and seek professional help when needed to mitigate the long-term effects of this uncertain and stressful time.
Dr Emily Elizabeth Wilson, MD, Cure of Mind