From a psychological point of view, after forced isolation (for a good purpose!) the implications and consequences are
– Children: in children (among the various young patients present in our study), there is an increase in attention loss, reduced memory, poor learning strategies, hyperactivity, sleep disturbances, signs and symptoms that could fall within the framework of depression, as they were suddenly blocked from expressing themselves
everyday life, just as social and concrete relationships have been blocked, while a series of compensations have been activated (such as video calls with friends) which, however important and avant-garde, have increased their sense of isolation and
frustration, exposing them to a completely new reality for which they had to learn new strategies very quickly to be able to manage it.
– Adults: the reflective methods of adults in the months of social isolation have been dominant, and the “obligation” to reflect has often led to a revision of priorities, ties, choices and decisions, to such an extent that we can no longer ignore the new ones requests and having to give you a new functional set-up.
– Elderly people: the fear of being hit first, and of having to end their lives in complete loneliness, has led to the development of a completely new cognitive functioning that has led them to be more ready but at the same time more afraid of losing loved ones before the time.
– Reality at risk: during the lockdown, situations already at social risk were exacerbated, physical, psychological, sexual, economic abuse increased in very high percentages putting the people involved in conditions of desperation and annulment.
– People in distress: during the months of lockdown, people who had previous situations of distress actually turned out to be “more ready” than the majority of the population not at (apparent) risk, giving lessons in significant mental containment, as the isolation is in itself a mental factor, and the people who experience it in everyday life have been more functional and adaptive.
Recent studies published in the most important international journals have underlined how much in the months following the release of the lockdown the world population will be severely tested on an emotional and mental level to the point of hypothesizing a possible increase in the development of very significant mental disorders ( for some authors even up to 80%).