“I’m going to unscrew”: malaise and depression explode in times of health crisis

Already during the first confinement and the months that followed, the consumption of anxiolytics and sleeping pills increased, with nearly 1.6 million additional treatments delivered in 6 months compared to the expected level.

“We want to avoid a third wave, which would be a wave of mental health“, said Olivier Véran during a visit to” Fil santé jeunes “, a listening device for 12-25 year olds. Students are particularly affected.

“Resources are running out”

On the forum of this platform, a call for help: “I will soon be 21 and the time I have spent on earth already seems far too long“. Containment”has only made matters worse, my future, if I have one, is more than uncertain (…), I realize how lonely I am, absolutely no one is hearing from me. The worst thing is that I had to go back to my parents “.

If the children seem more protected, Julie saw her 10-year-old daughter sink. “When her day center closed during the holidays because the director had the Covid, I started to see tics appear“, says the mother of the family.

But the change took place on the day of the start of the school year, marked by the wearing of the mask for schoolchildren and the tribute to Samuel Paty. The same evening, the girl had a panic attack: “We’re not going to make it. “. Her tics got worse and she triggered “something like Tourette’s syndrome “. The usually calm child began to insult his mother, to make incoherent words, to shout in his room.

She is now followed by a psychologist and will consult a neurologist. “The context, it made him twist“, describes Julie.

The Red Cross receives around 300 calls a day, three times more than a year ago. Words keep coming back. Rosine Duhamel, head of the psychological support center, noted a few words from callers. “I didn’t want to relive confinement. (…) I don’t see the end of it, I don’t know if things will come back as before one day and that frightens me terribly “.

Loneliness weighs heavily. “Silence, when you’re alone, it’s like a noise “, said one of them.

On another line, Suicide Listen, a man with respiratory failure shared his thoughts of suicide. “I drink more and more since confinement. I disgust myself. “” Terrorized“to catch the Covid, he no longer goes out. “What’s the point of continuing like this?“, he asked.

“With repetition and duration, the resources to adapt run out“, explains Rosine Duhamel. “And when the defense mechanisms break down, we risk falling into a depressed state. That’s what we see today.”

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