COVID-19 & Coronavirus
The rapid changes occurring around us and the uncertainty of our lives has the potential to change how we think and feel. Anxiety and depressive are two conditions that are exacerbated by the effects of isolation, changes to routine, and the fear of uncertainty and the unknown.
Luckily, there are things you can do – we’ve put together 7 proven ways to beat depression during the pandemic here.
Depression can result when we are isolated, or under increased threat for an extended period of time. It can cause reduced motivation to do things like work or talk to friends, we can lose interest and pleasure in things we previously enjoyed, and we can begin to think more negatively about our lives and our future and feel hopeless.
For people who already have depression, the massive changes and effects of isolation caused by the pandemic and government restrictions can make things worse. That’s why it’s important to get the right help, and you can now do this from the comfort of your home via telehealth (link to telehealth).
Anxiety is probably more contagious that COVID-19 itself. Seeing empty shelves in supermarkets, hearing fearful reactions from others, and being in a constant state of alertness can be enough to overwhelm us. Sometimes our thinking and fears can get the better of us, and this cycle can be hard to break out of.
Common symptoms can include: Shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, difficulty relaxing or unwinding, constant preoccupation with the news or thinking about the future, difficulty sleeping, and feeling alert.
There are things you can do to treat this, and talking to a psychologist is a great starting point.
OCD and COVID-19
OCD is an obsessive compulsive disorder marked by intrusive thinking and the need to perform patterns of behaviour (or rituals) to control thoughts and feelings. These can include thoughts of contamination, and the desire to wash or check things regularly; but can also include other fears that seem to only get better through performing a ritual or action.
The stress caused by COVID-19 is more than enough to spark a sharp rise in OCD symptoms. If you’re experiencing a relapse, or worsening of your experiences, it is essential to seek help. A psychologist can help you to recover and will equip you with tools and strategies to manage this condition.
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