The coronavirus pandemic has brought plenty of uncertainty for many. Closed businesses and schools, job losses, and trying to stay healthy are among many of the concerns weighing on people right now.
With so much going on, it is overwhelming, to say the least.
Cases of Anxiety and Depression Have Surged During the Pandemic
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then that there has been a rise in anxiety and depression since the pandemic reached the US. After all, between the pandemic and economic fallout, there are plenty of unknowns — and plenty of things to put everyone on edge.
For people already susceptible to anxiety or depression, it can be a lot to wrangle.
In fact, a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that reports of anxiety and depression among adults have surged amid lockdowns.
In 2019, the Kaiser Family Foundation survey found 11 percent of adults reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression. Fast forward to now, only a year later, and those numbers have jumped.
This year, with everything going on, the same survey found the number of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression increased to 36 percent.
The problem is twofold.
People are obviously concerned about exposure to COVID-19, for themselves and their families. They’re also worried about if they go back to work, what are they going to be exposing themselves to?
On top of that, many people are unable to plan for the future and don’t know what to expect down the road. There are just too many unknowns. It can be especially hard for folks who are already suffering from anxiety.
Recognizing the Signs
For some, though, it can be challenging to recognize when you’re over-stressed. The signs might not always be so obvious.
If you’ve been suffering from headaches, mood changes, stomach aches, or insomnia, it could be related to prolonged stress.
And while it’s okay to be stressed, you still have to deal with it properly.
Basic self care is an important part of relieving stress. That includes trying to eat healthily, getting enough rest at night, and trying to get regular exercise. Of course, you should also do something every day that helps you relax or makes you feel good.
Plus, seeking treatment when necessary is always a big focus. While the demand for mental health resources has increased during the pandemic, don’t let the shortage or stay-at-home orders convince you not to talk to a professional.
Many mental health professionals have rolled out telehealth appointments in the face of the pandemic and lockdowns — that means that you can still see mental health professionals without leaving the comfort of your own home.