The COVID-19 pandemic certainly took the world by storm! With almost all countries of the world affected by it and over one hundred million people who have contracted the virus globally, as well as over 2 million deaths attributed to it as at the end of January 2021, this pandemic was one like no other we had seen before.
The world went through many changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is still causing change all over. People had to go into isolation to protect themselves from the virus and to stop it from spreading in their communities, there was very few or no social interactions, many people (especially the elderly) were left alone, people lost their jobs and other sources of income, and so much more. The pandemic affected individuals, businesses, as well as communities, and nations as a whole.
Many people who suffered going through the death of a loved one, or any one of these other adverse conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have suffered one or more mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, etc.
Social isolation and lockdowns have resulted in adverse mental health issues, and it has affected the elderly (those above 65 years of age) and adolescent-age children much more than others, as they find it more difficult to adapt to these unprecedented changes. A major contributor to the increase in mental health and substance use during COVID-19 was the fact that those people who were already suffering from mental disorders prior to the pandemic have not been able to get sufficient care and medication during this time. This situation has seen a huge increase in the severity of mental diseases and those suffering will no doubt require greater attention and care for long periods of time from clinics and doctors providing services in mental health in Mt. Gravatt and other areas of the country, as well as the world.
In addition, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety have been found among those who had lost their jobs and sources of income due to the pandemic. The inability to provide for themselves and their families has caused grave mental stress for working-age adults.
Another group of people at high risk of anxiety and depression are frontline workers, such as healthcare workers. Extreme fatigue, inability to spend time with their loved ones, fear of contracting the disease, are some of the factors that have contributed towards a decline in the mental health status of frontline workers.
What can you do as an individual and as a family to keep your mental health in good condition during this pandemic?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are certain things you can do and steps you can follow to keep yourself fit both physically and mentally during these difficult and uncertain times, such as:
In general, if you feel that you are going through unusual bouts of depression, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, and fear during this COVID-19 pandemic, then it is best to seek help immediately. Get in touch with a doctor or clinic that provides services in mental health in Mr. Gravatt or anywhere close to you as soon as possible.