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Is spending time quarantined bad for your mental health? Show more Show less

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left people who have come into contact with the virus self-isolating to avoid infecting others. As the world's population goes into quarantine, does spending time quarantined lead to negative mental health outcomes?

Yes, quarantine is bad for your mental health Show more Show less

Being isolated from friends and family and reduced social interactions are proven to cause significant damage to our mental health.
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Quarantine leads to increased rates of drug dependency

Higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse were observed in populations that were quarantined during the SARS epidemic.
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Periods of intense social isolation cause humans to become increasingly dependent on substances and alcohol.

The Argument

Alcohol and marijuana sales have spiked in the US over the quarantine period.[1] As people look for ways to pass the time, alcohol and mind-altering substances are emerging as a popular purchase. However, alcohol and substances, coupled with the stress and anxiety of a global pandemic, social isolation and increased feelings of depression, creates an environment that can lead to substance and alcohol dependency. Following the SARS outbreak in 2003, researchers found higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse in those that had been in self-imposed quarantined up to three years after the quarantine ended.

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[P1] Alcohol and substance abuse is often indicative of underlying mental health issues. [P2] Quarantine leads to an increased likelihood of abusing alcohol and drugs. [P3] Therefore, quarantine is bad for our mental health.

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