Most Armenians were confined to their homes for the better part of two months as part of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For some, the experience felt like prison.
“These days, people feel oppressed staying in their homes. They feel like they are in prison, because a person’s daily life suddenly and dramatically changed,” psychologist Arpine Davtyan says.
Research shows that social isolation, such as being forced to stay at home, can negatively affect people’s physical and mental health.
“A man who used to wake up every day, to go to work, to live an active life, now has to stay at home. In the past, a person planned his day, attended his favorite places, and now everything may seem the same to him, which can make him psychologically depressed,” notes Arpine.
Some professions, like astronauts, experience isolation as part of their job. Other groups, like prisoners, are also forced to find ways to deal with forced isolation.