The forgetfulness levels of dementia patients increased, panic and anxiety increased!

Monday, March 15, 2021 – 15:03 | Last Updated: 15 03 2021 – 15:04

Noting that the brain health has been significantly affected in a year since the pandemic, experts point out that panic and anxiety disorders are the most common in the pandemic. Drawing attention to the negative effects of social isolation, stress, anxiety and pessimism on brain health, experts point out that especially the elderly are more affected by stress, anxiety and isolation than young people. Experts warn that “forgetfulness levels and diseases of dementia patients have significantly improved.”

Since 2008, the third week of March has been celebrated as Brain Awareness Week every year under the leadership of international organizations related to neuroscience, especially the Society for Neuroscience and Dana Foundation. It is aimed to introduce neuroscience in the world better, to explain its importance and to have an echo in the society of new developments in the field. Neurology Specialist Prof. Dr. Barış Metin made evaluations about brain health in his statement for Brain Awareness Week.


Stating that panic and anxiety disorders increase most frequently during the pandemic period we are in, Prof. Dr. Barış Metin said, “People came face to face with the concern of getting sick and being something to their relatives. In addition, many people’s incomes fell and financial difficulties triggered anxiety. Continuous staying at home also triggered sleep disturbances. Individuals who were at home during the daytime shifted their day and night cycles to sleep during the day and stay awake until late at night. The fact that children could not go to school and stay at home increased the pressure especially on mothers. “Headaches and body aches began to be seen intensely in women who were constantly at home with children and could not go out.”


He also pointed out that not being able to go out and exercising causes physical complaints to be more intense. Dr. Metin said, “Constantly eating at home and especially consumption of pasty foods caused people to gain weight and negatively affect their body health. “When the deterioration of physical health, inability to work and anxiety combined, the stress reached the highest level.”


Drawing attention to the negative effects of social isolation, stress and anxiety and pessimism on brain health, Metin said, “Human beings are a social being. Social interaction is one of its basic needs. Social isolation during the pandemic period dragged people to interact more on social media. Of course, communication through social media, zoom and skype was not as satisfying as talking face to face and eating together. Social isolation triggers anxiety, stress and depression. In adults, this situation often causes attention disorders and concentration problems, ”he said.


“The elderly are more affected by stress, anxiety and isolation than young people,” said Prof. Dr. Barış Metin said, “In this period, I see that especially dementia patients are affected very deeply and deeply. Forgetfulness levels and illnesses of dementia patients progressed significantly. “The biggest factor in this progress is the strict isolation and curfew of this group, especially the elderly,” he said.


Emphasizing the need to be careful not to keep dementia patients in isolation during this period, Metin said, “In our studies, we also found that individuals who had depression before were at greater risk. If your relative has dementia-dementia, be careful not to stay isolated, call often, visit as much as possible by following the hygiene rules.


“If you have previously had a depression attack and received treatment, do not neglect the minor symptoms during this period and get help,” warned Prof. Dr. Barış Metin said, “If you hesitate to go to the hospital, try to get support from experts who provide online support. Pay attention to your sleep wake cycle. “Do not let the day and night shift and rhythm shift, pay attention to sleep hygiene rules and do not change your sleep hours.”

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