OSU researchers looking at how coronavirus impacts mental health

How coronavirus could impact your mental health

TULSA, Okla. — Medical researchers are studying all the ways COVID-19 is impacting Oklahomans.

Researchers at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences are not only focused on how the virus is impacting patients’ physical health but also their mental health.

“This is weighing on us all mentally,” said Kyle DeBoy, who is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Public Health candidate at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. “People are having an especially hard time through all areas of life so we just want to know specifically what areas of life are people struggling with.”

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DeBoy and others at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences were asked to do the research by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health – the results will be used to support those who may be struggling during the pandemic.

“They’re going to help develop these programs to attack this crisis,” DeBoy said.

So far researchers have more than 1,000 survey results but they are hoping to get 2,000 by the end of next week.

“I would expect to see people having some higher levels of anxiety,” DeBoy said. “I would expect more use of alcohol and other substances but we really haven’t gotten the numbers back yet.”

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