5 Sobering Stats About COVID-19 and Depression
The pandemic has been a hard time on pretty much everyone. It has brought on many life changes, resulting in uncertainty and fear.
Dealing with health and lifestyle changes can bring on a mixture of emotions and oftentimes lead to anxiety and depression.
Yes, depression can be brought on during any time of life, but the recent pandemic has caused an increase in numbers.
The mental health of many has taken a hit. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed, people of all ages are dealing with the illness, and many have been stuck in isolation due to no school or the need to work at home.
Thankfully, things are starting to open back up, which should help with people feeling so lonely. But, the damage has already been done to some.
Since late June, a reported 40 percent of adults were facing mental health issues or substance abuse.
Let’s breakdown the numbers from the CDC:
11% – seriously considered suicide
31% – experienced anxiety and depression
26% – experienced trauma and stress
13% – increased substance abuse
These statistics are of course startling, but not really surprising given everything 2020 has thrown at us. People who feel alone and lost tend to turn to substance abuse.
Things You Can Do
There are things you can do to help you feel better when dealing with anxiety and depression.
Remember, when you take care of yourself, you feel better.
– Stick to a routine
– Don’t isolate – keep communication up with friends and family
– Find things you enjoy doing
– Keep up with personal hygiene
– Continue with physical activity – this is crucial as exercises releases endorphins
– Minimize social media use and reading negative news
– Keep mind clear with mediation
– Always ask for help
If you are having a hard time dealing with depression, you should always consider attending depression counseling. There are therapists and people out there that can help. And of course remember, you are never alone.