Updated: Mar 1
In today’s episode of mental health issues, we are going to be talking about how Covid anxiety can lead to increased mental illness. During this pandemic, most of us do not know what is going to be happening next, when life fully resumes, when we get to meet with our friends and loved ones. It is just a mass ball of uncertainties right now coupled with a huge number of Covid cases and death. This situation causes fear in most people and it is understandable as it makes us feel like we have no control over the happenings around us. I recently woke up with a sore throat and had all thoughts running through my head, begun to fear for my life and that of my family, and even went into quarantine for 2 days. Most people during this time are dealing with anxiety disorders like mine and it may seem confusing when you are trying to seek help for the first time. This is the main reason I started Sane2gether and created a group where we can share encouragement and the fears that we experience. We are not expected to do it all on our own that is why we need others around us to help. I personally worry about the mental crisis which might emerge after this pandemic is over which is why I encourage that we be our brother’s keeper.
Some people may lose their jobs or family members and others may be in other stressful situations yet they need to put on a strong front maybe for their kids or other people who can’t handle much stress. This is why some of us can turn ourselves into support networks to encourage others even though they may seem like they do not need it. Most of us are asked the question “how are you doing?” countless times in a day but we just answer, “doing good” without even thinking about it because that is the answer that everyone gives. It is time for us to give ourselves a break and have people that we can truly tell how we are feeling with no sense of shame or fear because this pandemic is testing us all with how well we can handle uncertainties. As a support system, when you ask someone “how are you?”, don’t be in a rush to just accept the answer “doing good.” Instead, give the person some time by taking a pause and ask again, “how are you, really?” This makes the person aware that you are not looking for that generic answer that everyone gives and that you actually want to know how they are doing. Doing this can help someone overcome their anxiety and allow them to experience some joy that someone actually cares.
The past year has shown an increase in drug and alcohol use, suicidal ideation has increased and 60 percent of young adults suffering from severe depression are not getting the help they need. It is not too late to care about someone’s needs and let them know you care. Let us try to end this pandemic without another pandemic being born.
Always remember it’s just you and us.