With COVID continuing to wash over society, it’s common for many adults to be experiencing elevated stress levels or depression associated with the pandemic. With what seems like so many uncertainties right now it can be difficult to understand what is going on with your own personal health. Continue reading for a deeper look into the “third wave” of COVID, signs of pandemic depression, and ways to cope during stressful situations.
The Third Wave
The disease sweeping over the country is considered the first and second waves of COVID. But there’s a “third wave” of COVID affecting all American’s mental health. Factors such as economic hardship, social isolation, and a future that is unknown have led to increased stress for many individuals. For those who already had mental health challenges, this time can be even harder.
The Effects of Coronavirus on Mental Health
Between job uncertainty, pandemic-related anxiety, and a lot more time in the home, we’ve seen a strong correlation between the COVID-19 pandemic, growing depression levels and difficulty maintaining your mental health. Researchers have found that the mental illness rates seen during the coronavirus pandemic are on par with other major traumatic events such as September 11.
When compared to reports from the second quarter of 2019, this is three times the increase from the previously reported 8.1% of adults struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse. Suicidal ideations in adults also increased from studies the previous year.
In addition to the overall increase, in coronavirus-related depression or anxiety, in March of 2020, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that 26% of adults were experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety due to the pandemic. However, when the KFF surveyed adults again in July of 2020, there was a significant increase, with 53% of adults reporting experiencing mental health issues that are correlated with the pandemic.
With evidence like this, it’s possible that you may be experiencing symptoms as well. If you feel like you may be struggling with coronavirus depression, keep reading to learn more about the signs and symptoms you should be looking out for.
Signs & Symptoms
- Consistent fear and worry
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Persistent sad, empty and anxious mood
- A feeling of guilt and helplessness
- Lack of interest in activities
- Decreased energy
- Sudden weight changes
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Aches and pains, headaches, cramps, and digestive problems
- Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances
If even just a few of these symptoms sound familiar, it may be time to reach out for help.
Coping with COVID Depression
COVID-19 is considered to be a mass-scale traumatic event, and mental struggles are to be expected. But despite the increase of mental health illness, there’s still help and many resources are available. For emergencies, including suicide, call 911. For other mental health struggles, here are some tips to cope with the pandemic:
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