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Dr. Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychological Science at Northwestern University

Dr. Roxane Cohen Silver, Professor of Psychological Science at Northwestern University

by Luis R. Miranda, The Real Agenda News

Like Thomas Hobbes, the media say that an almighty State is needed to protect individuals from one another.

When someone asks me these days if I’m okay, it takes me no time to answer yes, very well. But that is not the same attitude I have observed in others.

So, how are we doing as a society? We do not know how many people are suffering from the psychological consequences of confinement, lack of work, money and freedom to move about their lives.

Something similar happened after 9/11.

“The pandemic and its associated stress sources are likely to have serious consequences for mental health,” says Roxane Cohen Silver in an editorial in Science.

Cohen Silver knows very well what she is talking about. She is a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine and president of the United States Federation of Brain Sciences, she was one of the first experts to sit in the White House a few days after 9/11, and has dedicated her professional life to investigating human resilience after catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wars and outbreaks of violence.

Not surprisingly, she is now dealing with solutions in the aftermath of a pandemic that has so far allegedly killed half a million people worldwide, and that will continue to kill more in the coming months, perhaps years — not necessarily due to covid-19 infection.

During this pandemic, young people miss their graduation ceremonies, and other suffer because of the unscientific reasons behind the confinement, which has led many people to fall into depression and give in to suicide.

These are urgent issues to address, because in the long run, they may kill more people than the coronavirus.

Psychologically speaking, there is no manual that works for everyone. There are many people who were already very upset before the pandemic due to their poverty and insufficient medical and psychiatric care. Others, who have lost a family member or close friend and many, many more who have lost their jobs and their way of life, access to meeting points in their neighborhood, many that have been manipulated by their political leaders and the toxicity of social networks that are their only source of information, or disinformation.

There is always a cause of misfortune, but it is not always easy to identify. Psychologists have many clues on how to help the population in these cases, based on the cornucopia of misfortunes that have affected the world in recent decades. Politicians must listen to them.

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