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ARTICLES, 2020
- Healthcare Coaching

 
 
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and Healthcare
 
  Infectious pandemics and the spread of organisms across countries and continents have been facilitated by an increase in travel and international exchange. The infection caused by the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 is now affecting more than 100 + countries, raising concerns of widespread panic and increasing anxiety in individuals subjected to the (real or perceived) threat of the virus. These concerns arise with all infections, including the flu and other agents, and the same universal precautions are needed and indicated for safety and the prevention of further transmission. However, media coverage has highlighted COVID-19 as a unique threat, rather than one of many, which has added to panic, stress, and the potential for hysteria.

Pandemics can happen fast and unexpectedly. As the pandemic spreads it increasingly tales a toll people's mental state. Every day people are being constantly reminded that life is not normal, they can't escape — they can't pretend that it's not there.

Pandemics affect individuals and society on many levels, causing disruptions. Panic and stress have been linked to outbreaks. As concerns over the perceived threat grow, people start to collect (and hoard) masks and other supplies. This is often followed by anxiety-related behaviors, sleep disturbances, and overall lower perceived state of health. Individuals who are already under strain from other causes of anxiety or stress in the workplace or learning institutions may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of panic and threat.

Some common signs of distress include:

  • Feelings of anxiety, stress, fear.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Anger or short-temper.
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
     
   


The need to improve mental health offerings into the workplace or classroom.

Studies show depression rates usually soar during pandemics. People become frustrated and frightened, putting pressure on their workplace or their educational institution to offer assistance in dealing with the emotional and psychological fallout of feeling trapped and somewhat helpless.

The current crisis is spreading quickly and is causing many workplaces and learning institutions to be put on lockdown.

Many workers are hunkered down inside their homes, afraid and reluctant to venture outside.

Students are feeling anxious about interrupted studies, many of whom feel "powerless."

Most people are concerned about more immediate consequences of the outbreak and its effect on their day-to-day lives.

Given that a serious viral epidemic can be unpredictable, life-threatening and difficult to control, many people fall into a state of stress.

Many people are scared, their lives are being interrupted, they need a a voice that helps to reassure them, calm them and guide them through a difficult, challenging time.

The fear of the unknown, especially in the initial stages of an outbreak when little is known, leads to generalized anxiety.

Patients with confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV may experience fear of the consequences of infection with a potentially fatal new virus. Furthermore, symptoms of the infection, such as fever, hypoxia, and cough, as well as adverse effects of treatment, such as insomnia caused by corticosteroids, could lead to worsening anxiety and mental distress. 2019-nCoV has been repeatedly described as a killer virus on social media platforms, which has perpetuated the sense of danger and uncertainty among health workers and the public. In the early phase of the outbreak, a range of psychiatric morbidities have been noted, including persistent depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychomotor excitement, psychotic symptoms, delirium, and even suicidal tendencies.

Mandatory contact tracing and 14 days quarantine, which form part of the public health responses to the 2019-nCoV pneumonia outbreak, can increase a persons' anxiety and guilt about the effects of contagion, quarantine, and stigma on their families and friends.

As well reported in news outlets, health professionals, especially those working in hospitals caring for people with confirmed or suspected 2019-nCoV pneumonia, are vulnerable to both high risk of infection and mental health problems. They also experience fear of contagion and spreading the virus to their families, friends, or colleagues. Many health professionals are reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety, fear, and frustration.

Timely mental health care needs to be developed urgently.

In any biological disaster, themes of fear, uncertainty, and stigmatisation are common and may act as barriers to appropriate medical and mental health interventions. Based on experience from past serious novel pneumonia outbreaks globally and the psychosocial impact of viral epidemics, the development and implementation of mental health assessment, support, treatment, and services are crucial and pressing goals for the health response to the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak, especially if you have experienced trauma or a mental health problem in the past, or if you have a long-term physical health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus.

It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. We should also be aware of and avoid increasing habits that may not be helpful in the long term, like smoking and drinking.

We all need to try and reassure people we know who may be worried and check in with people who you know are living alone.

Look after yourself
Ironically, the time when we most need to look after ourselves, is often the time when we are least likely to. Many of us cope with stress by drinking more than we would usually, or by eating unhealthy food to comfort ourselves. We all need to better look after ourself by engaging in health promoting behaviors -such as getting good sleep, eating a balanced diet and mental and physical exercising.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you are finding that you are feeling overwhelmed by your fears and are struggling to control them; it is likely that this is affecting both your home and work life; and that you would benefit from some professional support. Rather than trying to deal with this alone, seek the support of a Health Professional either within your organisation or externally. Many government agencies around the globe can be contacted anytime, anywhere for confidential advice and assistance.

Conclusions
The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring fear on a societal level. On an individual level, it may differentially exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental issues (eg, mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like behaviors, panic-like symptoms). Organizations (large and small) are urged to spread sound infection control practices within their environment and help their people maintain civil, courteous, and rational communication. A low index of suspicion of mental distress also helps in early detection and treatment and can spare people much discomfort.

Organizational Holistic Approach to providing Total Personal Care and Support.
Yesterdays dated definition of organizational health was focused on physical health and safety and aligning people behind a clear vision, strategy, and culture. The missing key for success was ensuring people were provided the brain-mind-body care and support they required to be their healthy (mentally / emotionally and physically) best.

Modern Behavioral Health Coaching teaches employees and students alike skills that prepare them to weather challenging stressful days and environment changes. It stress-proofs them. Skills learned via a user-friendly, coaching model protect people from anxiety, stress, fatigue, emotional unbalance and other attacks to their health status. It also helps those who are affected and down to quickly and effectively recover. The cost savings to sponsoring organizations are huge plus it builds incredible trust and loyalty.

The growing message to employees and students today is; “We know that dangers to our health can be anywhere, so we will help protect you and  if you need support, we will also assist you by providing the latest, scientific coaching as a prevention, diagnostic and self-management tool.”
 

 

 

Frontline Behavior Health Coaches provide; a critical first point of contact, information, care and prevention management. Importantly, they also maintain a professional peer network and refer clients who require medical or psychological care.

Behavioral Health Coaching is preventive care.
We go to the gym and/or eat well to keep our body healthy. We see our Doctor to get our annual physical check up. So it makes sense to take a holistic approach and offer care and support for fitness and development of the brain-mind-body connection.

Behavioral Health Coaching is not about working with a workplace or health coach who isn't trained in the use of modern, intervention tools that have a basis in the neuro-behavioral sciences. Today’s organizational coaching specialist is both a social scientist and specialist organizational change and prevention agent employing advance, scientifically proven methodology for healthy change.

Behavioral
Health Coaching
There is a “new alliance” between neuro-behavioral sciences and coaching that is now taking place.

The Behavioral Coaching Institute's invitational Behavioral Health program (Self-Study format) is a global leader in the Behavior Health training field.
We place our students at the forefront in the world’s health coaching marketplace by providing them with world-best-class, cutting-edge, evidence-based, intervention models and tools.

Bottom Line
To survive and thrive in today's ever-changing, challenging world it is imperative that Behavior Health Coaching be provided as: "brain-mind-body fitness programs" -an open resource available to all; regular check-ups each year to confirm all is ok; sessional boosts to help people rebalance their brain and mind during particularly stressful, sleepless times in their work, school or personal life and; individual case support and referral service for those whenever they require it.

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References:
- Lancet Psychiatry Journal. Feb. 2020
- Recommendations on diagnostic criteria and prevention of SARS-related mental disorders.J Clin Psychol Med. 2003; 13 (in Chinese).: 188-191. Liu TB Chen XY Miao GD et al.
- The immediate psychological and occupational impact of the 2003 SARS outbreak in a teaching hospital. CMAJ. 2003; 168: 1245-1251. Maunder R Hunter J Vincent L et al.
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- Psychosomatic discomfort and related factors among 1,411 first-line SARS staff in Beijing. Manual of the 7th national experimental medicine symposium of Chinese Society of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine; Beijing, China; July, 2004: 6–12 (in Chinese). Wei YL, Han B, Liu W, Liu G, Huang Y.
- Promoting psychological well-being in the face of serious illness: when theory, research and practice inform each other. Psychooncology. 2000; 9: 11-19. Folkman S Greer S

 
 
     



 

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