Mental Health Conditions Post-Pandemic

Good mental health is one of the cornerstones for leading a fulfilling and healthy life. 

In ordinary times, the pressures of everyday life can wear us down and can easily lead to mental health problems.

Over the past few years, the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated social distancing restrictions, has further exasperated the incidence of mental health conditions experience by people in society. 

According to The World Health Organisation, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25%*. There’s no doubt that the unprecedented times has led to increase in stress caused by:

- Social isolation and disconnection with communities leading to loneliness.
- Financial pressures and loss of income due to people’s inability to work 

- Fear of infection, suffering and death for oneself and for loved ones

- Home schooling for parents juggling children and working from home arrangements

- Consistent uncertainty

- Dealing with ongoing disappointments

Persistent stress has resulted in many people developing depression and anxiety disorders as a result. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety are:

- Feeling worried, tense, on edge or scared most of the time 

- Feeling Nervous, Panicky, Irritable or agitated

- Feeling like you are detached from your body 

- Sleep issues. You may not be able to get to sleep or you wake up often during the night 

- Pounding heart 

- Inability to relax

- Excessive sweating

- Difficulty concentrating

- Stomach aches, feeling like you may vomit. 

- Light headedness or dizziness 

Some of the common symptoms of depression include:

- Feeling bad about yourself and feeling down regularly

- Feeling overwhelmed, pessimistic, angry, guilty, irritable or anxious

- Changes in sleep patterns 

- Changes in appetite or weight 

- Lack of enjoyment of activities that you previously enjoyed and low motivation

- Reduced interest in sex 

- Poor concentration and memory 

- Feeling exhausted

It’s important to get help to treat mental health disorders promptly. Left untreated, it can become exhausting, debilitating and get in the way of living an enjoyable and fulfilling life. 

There are a range of effective treatments for mental health conditions, and you can get better.
Our compassionate GPs are available for confidential consultations and can assist you with getting the help that you need. Book here!

* Source: https://www.who.int/news/item/02-03-2022-covid-19-pandemic-triggers-25-increase-in-prevalence-of-anxiety-and-depression-worldwide

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