Psychologists: “A second total lockdown would be unsustainable”

This was supported by David Lazzari, the president of the National Council of the Order of Psychologists. The expert addressed the topic during the event organized in Rome on the occasion of the National Day of Psychology

A second lockdown it would be unsustainable for the psychological health of Italians. This was supported by David Lazzari, the president of the National Council of the Order of Psychologists. During the event organized in Rome on the occasion of the National Day of Psychology, the expert explained that the pandemic, like all the great crises that show man’s vulnerability and pose an adaptive challenge, has shown the importance of psychological for life and health. “Now, after seven months of this situation, the level of psychological distress, not supported by a lacking or absent public network, has become a major social and public health problem,” added the expert.

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Lazzari explained that after the summer, stress levels started to rise again, almost reaching March levels. As many as 59% have a level of stress medium-high (between 70 and 100). “Under these conditions, the country does not have the psychological resources to handle a new lockdown. A new total closure would be unsustainable ”, he specified. For Lazzari it is necessary to adopt responsible measures and behaviors to keep the pandemic under control and urgently activate a public psychological network, “starting with the health system, basic assistance and school”. “Without prevention and listening, these levels of social unease are bound to worsen and have heavy repercussions on society and people’s health, with further damage to an already very tried economy”, added the expert. “Psychology is essential for resilience and for building the future,” concluded Lazzari.

The impact of the lockdown on children’s psychological health

The lockdown had a non-negligible impact on the psychological health of children. This is demonstrated by a survey conducted by Irccs Giannina Gaslini of Genoa, under the guidance of the neurologist Lino Nobili. During the months of total closure, 65% of Italian children under six and 71% of those over six “had behavioral problems and regression symptoms”.

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