May 17, 2022 12:13 am

“I can not take anymore”. How close is the psyche to the limit of resistance in the face of the uncertainty of the pandemic?

CÓRDOBA.– Two years after the start of the pandemic new coronavirus in the world, the dominant feeling is that of not taking any more. The uncertainty of how the situation will continue is mixed with the fatigue. These times resemble myth of Sísifo, the king who gave as punishment to push a stone up a mountain slope that, before reaching the top, rolled back down. The frustrating process was repeated over and over again. THE NATION consulted various specialists how close the psyche is to the limit of tolerating –without major negative impacts– this situation.

Ignatius Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Psychobiology at the Institute of Neurosciences and at the Faculty of Psychology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and author of several books, says: “Uncertainty is one of the factors that we least tolerate, we prefer safe risk to not knowing what is going to happen. It is a source of stress tremendous, which generates physical and mental damage”.

Having made this clarification, he states that “we are going to resist” because human life is prepared to “survive; we are programmed to live. We resist anything that wants to take life ahead. As an example, it indicates that, before a illness very serious, “we changed the mind, we modify the things we do, we try to adapt, we look for a way to live with it. The last thing is to squeeze a lot to end life.

A common reference among the interviewed experts is the increase of the queries due to growing discomforts that it has been registering, even more so in recent months. The psychologist Damian Klor It shows that, at the beginning, “those who were already badly fell; those who were more or less tolerated a year or so, and now we will see what happens with those who had been doing better.

A common reference among the experts interviewed is the increase in consultations due to growing discomfortShutterstock

In his opinion, at the beginning of the pandemic there was a kind of “fictitious certainty” about what the evolution, but two years later science It’s not clear yet.” That uncertainty causes stress and the answer is anxiety, because the human being has a “need to control and what happens exceeds the resources that many have to respond to the environment”.

“There is a loss of the sense of effort; more and more effort is required to endure and that exhausts and the hopelessness –he adds–. The thrill of depression it is despair, not sadness; the impression is that what we are experiencing ‘never ends’. There is relaxation because the fallacy of control has failed. The more effort you have to make to hold something, the less it lasts”, Klor describes to THE NATION.

Your colleague Guillermo Vilaseca warns that it is not possible to generalize regarding “how much the mind gives”; One difference that stands out is theflexibility” that each person had been having and that “manages to put into play” in the face of current reality. “The virus had an effect of shockIt was a novel circumstance for the whole humanity and it forced a process of adaptation of conditions that we would never have imagined”, he sums up.

characterizes the uncertainty which is traversed as “exponential”. Although the rules of the game always vary, it was possible to carry out forecastsBut now it’s much faster. Not even planning who to spend Christmas with or when to take a trip. Along these lines, it analyzes that fatigue is decisive in the feeling of “not taking it anymore”, as well as the perception of omicron variant as less aggressive for vaccinated It also promotes the flexibility of care.

The health promises were not fulfilled
The health promises were not fulfilled “for the simple reason that they were based on vain hopes, including the false idea that with vaccines everything was over”Christian Charisius – dpa

“Finding that what is easy is more complicated – Vilaseca continues – makes us observe more and more reactions of irascibility, from anguish, depression, anxiety. There is a feeling of missed opportunities in the life”.

with his book Impossible obedience. The authority trap, the Argentine biologist Eduardo Wolovelsky questioned the usefulness of strict quarantines to fight the pandemic. now in contact with THE NATION insists that the main reason that explains the ills suffered in these years (increasing anguish and anxiety) is linked to the “surprising draconian and contradictory measures implemented by too many governments of a large number of nations scattered across the planet. It states that the leaders, both from developed and impoverished countries and with “severe medical-technological deficiencies”, imposed decisions “affirming that they were the only options to save life, disregarding the damage and suffering that they promoted.

He adds that, since none of the health promises were kept, “for the simple reason that they were based on vain hopes (including the false idea that with vaccines everything was over)”, new measures were implemented by a State “incapable of recognizing its own contradiction when it says it protects survival while dismantling step by step the basic conditions that give it sense to human life.”

When explaining why certain measures are accepted, Wolovelsky indicates that perhaps it is because of “the terror that continuously drains from the government’s own words, often amplified by some media. Are the ignorance, the panic and the renunciation of thought prevails”.

All those consulted agree on that description. Morgado insists that the brain has the capacity to adapt on its own. “When the same information is repeated many times, it stops being taken into account; novelty always surprises us”, he points out. And he points out that, in this context, when a new strain of the coronavirus, the “fear rose”, but when the media “have been talking about the same thing for 20 days, it is automatically reduced. the brain has mechanisms that allow him to adapt to constant circumstances”.

Irascibility, one of the reactions that are observed, along with anguish, depression, anxiety and a feeling of lost opportunities
Irascibility, one of the reactions that are observed, along with anguish, depression, anxiety and a feeling of lost opportunities Getty Images

The neurobiologist and Vilaseca point out the effect of the media on the mental health. “Just as the surgeon has to use the scalpel in operations to heal, a social communicator must have responsibility by using the word to contribute to the mental health of society”, says the psychologist, who advocates posts that help navigate these situations of “so much uncertainty without necessarily promoting panic, despair, anguish.”

To this picture, Klor adds the inexistence, in his opinion, of leaderships clear in all orders. “A ship without a captain generates more stress,” he reflects, and suggests that a “wear; resources are exhausted, planning”. Those who, at the beginning, adopted behaviors to try to have a better time, if they did it as a “way of life, they are doing better; if it was with effort, they were exhausted”.

Wolovelsky cites the Spanish doctor Juan Diego Areta Higuera: “We need to recover the social ties and community, that we recover our capacities for the self care and the mutual support. If we don’t build together, nothing will remain standing”. Along these lines, the biologist maintains that he is facing the challenge of a health regime that, under the argument of care, “imposes authoritarian measures that force us to ask about the very possibility that democracy can endure.”

In regards to the mental integrity, ask not to forget the words of the writer Emil Cioran: “We can imagine everything, predict everything, except how far we can sink.” It claims to attend to the coronavirus with “reasonable and sustained measures in knowledge, but also in the admission of doubts. If we are going to subsume the meaning of our existence to the capricious sanitary measures, we are not going to resist.

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