Diseases of despair: Pandemic prompts spike in social pathologies

“Essentially, psychological reserves give way before financial ones,” Dr. Francie Broghammer said. The chief psychiatry resident at the University of California, Irvine added, “The reality of the situation is that we are not meant to be isolated creatures. We are meant to exist in community with one another.” Besides the economic insecurity and family difficulties brought on by the coronavirus restrictions, Broghammer said people are living in a state of uncertainty, not knowing when and if things are going to get better.