Going Viral: Episode 152



Going Viral: Psychological consequences of isolation and quarantine



In this episode:


– Stress builds up and coping mechanisms become less effective over time
– Impact of the static environment, the brain needs variation and experience
– Preparing for isolation is important, plan activities and schedule social connection
– Prioritise sleep and routine – sleep can be the ‘canary in the coal mine’
– Look for common symptoms after isolating experience including anxiety, depression, asthenia, irritability, insomnia and absentmindedness
– Red flags in the recovery phase include social and occupational function and sleep not returning to normal, depression and early trauma symptoms




Host: Dr David Lim, GP


Host: Dr Marc Jurblum, Psychiatric Registrar, University of Melbourne
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Advanced Trainee, Alfred Hospital; Research Associate, St Vincent’s Mental Health Service; PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne; Space Life Sciences Committee, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
Total time: 29 mins

Recommended Resources:
General public resource on coping with social isolation
Prof Kim Norris – Return from Social Isolation
The psychological impact of social isolation for clinicians






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