The purpose of the COVID-19 vaccine is to prevent those who take it from experiencing the severe symptoms of COVID-19. However, positive, unintended consequences also come from getting the vaccine. New research published in PLOS ONE journal titled “COVID-19 Vaccines and Mental Distress” has shown that those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine have experienced better mental health after one dose.

Mental Health Benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mental health issues. From the fear of catching the virus to seeing friends and loved ones fall ill, it can make it frightening to venture out into the world. With different types of vaccines now widely available, people know that getting the vaccine will decrease the risk of experiencing any severe symptoms.

Research from The Center for Economic and Social Research found that vaccinated people were more likely to experience a reduction in mental health issues after getting their first shot. Fifteen percent had reduced symptoms of severe depression and a four percent decrease in mild depression.

Sense of Control

Many things were out of our control during the pandemic. Businesses were closing down, people were getting sick, and the number of cases was rising. Getting vaccinated and choosing to protect yourself from a virus that has taken many people’s lives gives you control.

People experience less anxiety and depression after getting the vaccine, knowing it is the next step for life to go back to normal. This can give you confidence and a sense of comfort, knowing that it is safe for you to go to work, see family and friends, or any other public venue without worrying about getting seriously ill.

What This Means for the Future

Mental health issues have been overlooked when compared to checking on symptoms for the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine is a hopeful step in the right direction while still acknowledging that people are still getting sick and will need booster shots in the future.

The best we can hope for is the vaccine to give people a semblance of normal for their mental health to rebound. As long as there is a wide availability of vaccines, they will provide an umbrella for those who are afraid of this virus and will be able to walk out of their house with confidence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in mental health issues. Some people have become depressed watching cases rise. Luckily, the COVID-19 vaccine has decreased these symptoms by giving people the control and sense of comfort that they have been seeking. At Alta Loma, we understand the importance of treating your mental health symptoms, and we are here to help you. Our transformative treatment center in Georgetown, Texas, can provide you with individualized therapy, life coping skills education, medication management, and more. Call us today at (866) 457-3843 for more information.