Stress, anxiety and depression. The pandemic has affected more than the physical state of Slovaks

Jan 27, 2022, 9:32 AM I Quality Content

Psychologists and therapists have also had to adapt: ​​some offer online therapies.

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In their two years of living with the coronavirus, Slovaks have become accustomed to many previously unknown things – wearing masks and respirators, analyzing daily data on the development of the pandemic, social distancing and quarantine , and observe the ever-changing rules intended to combat the spread of the disease.

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Along with these novelties, which have long since become the new norm during these pandemic years, many people have also had to deal with serious health complications, loss of loved ones, isolation and reduced social contacts, as well as financial worries, including loss of income.

The uncertain situation has affected many people – perhaps most – and Slovak psychologists and psychiatrists agree that there has been a significant increase in the number of patients seeking help from mental health specialists.

“There are more clients than I have ever seen in 25 years of practice,” Tibor Hrozáň, a clinical psychologist who offers psychotherapy in Bratislava, told the Slovak Spectator.

He explained that not only have waiting times at his practice increased, but that he has also had to turn away clients because of a lack of free appointments. Individual therapy at a minimum frequency of once a week means there is a limit to the number of clients he can see, he explained.

His colleagues shared similar experiences. Despite the fact that more people than ever in Slovakia have decided to seek professional help, they point out that it is still not readily available to everyone due to long waiting times or the costs involved.

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