by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
The corona virus mental health predicament of several million people Worldwide is the result of
- social engineering including confinement, isolation, social distancing and the mask,
- the incessant 24/7 fear campaign waged by the media and the governments,
- the spike in unemployment, mass poverty and despair triggered by the Worldwide destabilization of national economies.
Psychiatrists have addressed the “negative impacts” on mental health pertaining to the factors mentioned above. Confirmed by peer reviewed reports, the lockdowns have also been conducive to triggering depression, uncertainty, and anxiety.
“There is concern the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on the mental health of the general population through a range of suggested mechanisms: fear, uncertainty, and anxiety; social distancing/isolation; loneliness; and economic repercussions”
The overall picture of the impacts of the corona crisis on mental health is yet to be fully addressed. Our analysis will focus on the following issues for which data is available:
- the dramatic increase in suicides Worldwide in countries where the lockdown was imposed,
- the increase in mortality attributable to drug overdose (cocaine, opioids),
- the rise in alcoholism resulting from a hike in alcohol consumption.
Worldwide Rise in Suicides
The frequency of suicides has increased in numerous countries. The complete data and tendencies remain to be firmly established. US data on suicides in 2020 (CDC) are not yet available. In 2019, suicides were the 10th leading cause of death in the US, 47,511 Americans died by suicide. In 2019, there were an estimated 1.38M suicide attempts. (See AFSP statistics)
Suicides in the US
A CDC sponsored peer reviewed report (Mark É. Czeisler, Rashon I. Lane, Emiko Petrosky, et al) suggests that the loss of employment and purchasing power by “vulnerable” social and low income groups often triggers a wave of depression and anxiety, which results in “suicide ideation”(thinking about different ways to die). The authors confirm that:
Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States during April–June of 2020 [in the immediate aftermath of the mid March 2020 lockdown],