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Psychiatrists discover spike in substance abuse, psychological well being circumstances since quarantine started – Fox 59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Quarantine takes its toll on those struggling with drug abuse, anxiety, and mental disorders.

For those who have come a long way in their recovery, experts believe that the transition back to normal can be an equally challenging task.

It is belief in fear for Nikole Young and Sarah Rice.

"I'm used to chaos in addiction, but not to chaos in sobriety, so it was a big challenge," said Young.

Both women recover from addicts in the Talitha Koum Women's Recovery House in Greenfield. The balance between her mental health and the pandemic was challenging.

"It was a struggle. I couldn't work and I couldn't see my children," said Rice.

"We're fine having these hard days as long as we don't stay there and we're talking about it," added Young.

And they are not alone with these feelings.

"Since using COVID-19, it has served many patients as a magnifying glass for many of these symptoms," said Christopher Bojrab, a doctor and psychiatrist at the Indiana Health Group.

He saw an increase in calls.

"According to statistics, we most often see anxiety disorders, mood disorders and certainly the full range of things, including diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and a variety of substance abuse disorders," added Bojrab.

“Interestingly, when tracking our patient calls on our new patient calls, we noticed not only an increase in existing patients who may be a little more common, but also patients who have finished their care and courses we don't have seen for months or years. "

He says that it is new territory for many clinicians and that they are very busy. As they rely on telemedicine to reach those who have problems, the number of patients increases.

"It was important that people try to stay connected to their treatment teams and their sources of care," added Bojrab. “Psychiatry is very underserved across the country, especially here in Indiana. Indeed, Indiana ranks 48th in the nation for the supply of psychiatrists per capita, ”said Bojrab.

This new normality has triggered fear in many forms. Those who are recovering or dealing with addiction could find sales opportunities. Bojrab insists that we have to focus on ourselves.

“When you see someone out there buying paint or buying gardening items, you have more strength if it helps them get through this time, and these are surely activities that will not endanger you or other people if you actually do are doing the activities, ”said Bojrab.

Connecting with help is the first step, and not only professionals say that. Young and Rice know firsthand how it can change your life.

"It's a real fight, but if you want it, you will get it," said Rice.

Young added, "Do not sit down and feel sorry for yourself because it will take you nowhere, but on the streets again."

Indiana Health Group adds that the insurance industry makes it easier to get in touch with telehealth counseling or therapy services. Many companies apply policies that do not charge patients for co-payments or deductibles.

To learn more about Indiana Health Group, click here.

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