The Effects of Isolation on Mental Health: A Healthier Michigan Podcast with Dr. Mark Eastburg

The Effects of Isolation on Mental Health: A Healthier Michigan Podcast with Dr. Mark Eastburg

June 26, 2020

On June 25, Dr. Mark Eastburg, President & CEO of Pine Rest and clinical psychologist, was interviewed by Chuck Gaidica for the podcast, A Healthier Michigan. The topic was “The Effects of Isolation on Mental Health.” Together, they discuss physical isolation and its impact on mental health. In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, they explore:

  • COVID-19 and self-quarantine
  • Loss of social and familial connections
  • Pandemic-induced anxiety
  • Behavioral changes in children and adults
  • The differences between an introvert and extrovert
  • The pros and cons of working from home
  • The importance of self-care

“So what we’re seeing are really as wide a variety as people themselves. So recently we saw somebody who tends to lean toward obsessive compulsive disorder who’s now really stressed about fear of contamination. So that was maybe just below the surface for this person, and now it’s really full-blown for people. The sense of loneliness, particularly people in a high-risk group who’ve had to be really strict about socially isolating. People who are seniors, who are over 80 years old, who, in the case of my dad, has had almost no contact other than digitally with people outside. Those are really important features that help people keep healthy and well mentally and physically, and to them away is really challenging. And we’re seeing people coming to us who now they’re seeking services and they’re saying, ‘I could really use some help.’”

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