Depression in COVID & Coping with it
This pandemic had a major effect on our body systems causing muscle and joint pain, stress, anxiety, depression, flu, cough, and fever. Many individuals are facing problems that can cause strong emotional reactions in children and adults and can be overwhelming and stressed. Public health actions like wearing masks and social distancing are very important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But this action results in making people feel lonely and isolated which causes depression (CDC,2021).
Why is depression more common in Covid?
The COVID-19 and resulting isolation or quarantine are having a detrimental effect on almost every aspect of the life and well-being of everyone. Depression is a health risk that the COVID-19 presents or introduces by disastrous loss of life it has causes, along with the uncertain future, lack of access to preferences or favorite activities, and social isolation. All of these things are taxing for everyone (Klein et al.,2020). These problems may be more challenging for those patients who experience psychological conditions. A recent Chinese study explores the psychological effects of COVID-19, nearly 37 percent of the patient’s complainants reported psychological problems like depression due to the disease. Some people may also be experience symptoms of depression, who were not clinically depressed before the COVID-19 (Klein et al.,2020).
What are the effects of depression?
Treatment of depression is very important because it can cause:
- Changes in desires, appetite, interests, and energy.
- Feeling of frustration, numbness, worry, sadness, anger, and fear.
- Nightmares or difficulty in sleeping.
- Difficulty in making decisions or concentrations.
- Worsening of mental health and chronic health problems (CDC,2021).
- Sexual dysfunctions
How to prevent or treat depression at home?
Learning the healthy ways to cope with depression will make people themselves, and the people they care about, and those around them become more strong and able to recover from a difficult condition. For this reason, there are some healthy ways that help to prevent or treat depression at home (CDC,2020). These ways are described here.
- Take care of your body. Avoid accessive tobacco, alcohol, and substance use.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Exercise properly and regularly.
- Always try to eat a well-balanced and healthy diet.
- Meditate or take a stretch, deep breath.
- Connect with friends. Talk with your friends about your feelings and concerns.
- Make some time to unwind. Try to do something like favorite activities that you enjoy (CDC,2020).
- Try to contact the online community. While social distancing is in place, try to contact your friends and community online, with the help of phone, mail, or social media.
- Take some breaks from listening or reading the news. Try to avoid watching news stories about the pandemic on social media. Although it is good to be informed, constantly listening about the COVID-19 can be upsetting (CDC,2020).
- Dresden, D. (2021). Depression and COVID-19: Tips on management and how to cope. Retrieved 23 May 2021, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/depression-and-covid-19
- COVID-19 and Your Health. (2021). Retrieved 23 May 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html