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Understanding the Psychological Dangers of Complicated COVID Loneliness and Social Isolation

  • 06 Aug 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online (Gotowebinar)


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Description: Loneliness and social isolation were listed as a behavioral epidemic before the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation has worsened dramatically with lockdowns and governmental restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the disease. Eighty percent of the adult population in the United States report loneliness as a major factor at times in their life. As loneliness builds, it can lead to low self-worth, inadequacies, negative emotions of resentment, bitterness, guilt, shame, interpersonal conflicts, job loss, poverty, weakened health or mental distress. There are three types of loneliness common to humans: developmental loneliness, internal loneliness, and situational loneliness. Each of these types affect people differently based on age, developmental stage, support system, and access to mental health care. All three are negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Loss of traditional gatherings along with working from home leave many people feeling socially disconnected. The loss of time with friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors is creating a new type of mental health challenge – Complicated COVID Loneliness. Consider research from the National Institute of Mental Health, (NIMH), Health Resources and Service Administration, (HRSA) and the U.S. Census Bureau to understand how significantly loneliness has become a challenge to public health. - Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day - Social isolation was associated with a 50% percent increased risk of dementia - Two in five Americans report they feel their social relationships are not meaningful, and one in five say they feel lonely or socially isolated - Over 25 % of the U.S. population and 28 % of older adults now live alone - Aging adults who are socially isolated are at a higher risk for depression - $6.7 billion in annual federal spending is attributable to social isolation among older adults - Poor social relationships were associated with a 29% increase in risk of coronary heart disease and a 32% rise in the risk of stroke - Social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes. A risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity - Loneliness was associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide Untreated loneliness can lead to serious physical and psychological health consequences. It is essential for clinicians to identify the challenges associated with social isolation and pandemic related complicated loneliness to prevent mental health or behavioral health problems during the pandemic and post-pandemic years.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-867002

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the unique characteristics of pandemic loneliness and social isolation which are intensified by working from home, travel restrictions or lock-downs.
  2. Understand the three primary types of loneliness and how they may intensify symptoms of anxiety, depression, cumulative stress, acute stress, or traumatic stress.
  3. Describe factors that create social connection as a therapeutic form of intervention for those struggling with complicated covid loneliness
  4. Learn techniques to share with those struggling from pandemic based loneliness and social isolation to reconnect in healthy relationships post-pandemic.

About the Presenter:

Dwight Bain helps people rewrite their story through strategic change. He is a trusted media source quoted by - the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and many more. You may have seen him on television or heard him on radio since he has been interviewed on hundreds of stations about finding creative ways to solve stress. Dwight’s skill as a communicator led Toastmasters to select him as the best public speaker in central Florida. He has challenged thousands of audiences toward positive change at organizations like Disney, Toyota, the United States Army, and the United Way. He is a best-selling author about creating positive change through books, blogs, podcasts and has been quoted in over 20 books. Dwight is a lifelong resident of Orlando where he lives with his wife Sheila and an assortment of pets. After 30 years together they always have suitcases packed ready for their next adventure. His purpose is to help you figure out a better way to solve problems, so grab a pen and get ready to map out creative ways to solve complicated situations with our speaker today - Dwight B

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