Common Mental Health Issues during the Pandemic

Young man suffering with depression

Mental health problems are on a rise amidst the pandemic. Let’s look at some of them:

Depression

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) estimates that 350 million adults around the world suffer from depression. Sometimes referred to as clinical depression, major depressive disorder (MDD) can lead to persistent feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or sadness for more than two weeks. It’s a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and ethnicities and can last from months to years. Many people experience difficulty sleeping and changes in appetite.

Other symptoms of depression include lack of interest in things you usually enjoy, feeling tired most of the time, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, weight loss or gain, increased use of alcohol or narcotic drugs (such as sleeping pills), inability to concentrate even if you have had no trouble before, and suicidal thoughts.

Although depression was common even before the pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has made it worse for many people. Job loss, financial insecurity and uncertainty, and being stuck at home have contributed to increased depression rates.

Anxiety

The United States has some of the highest rates of anxiety disorders in the world. In fact, U.S adults are about twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder compared to people in other developed countries like Germany, France and Canada.

Along with anxiety disorders, stress and sleep problems are also very common. Moreover, if left untreated, these problems can lead to obesity, heart disease and even substance abuse. Yet, anxiety disorders are often left untreated and are the main reason for missed days at work, relationship problems, etc.

Research shows that about 40% of people who have anxiety disorder don’t seek help from a healthcare professional. Under these circumstances, it’s all the more important to take care of loved ones and provide them with emotional support.

If you’re in Preston, you can benefit from hypnotherapy services for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Schedule a hypnotherapy appointment with 5 Star Clinic Limited online. You can also check out our website to learn more about the services we offer. Reach out to us today.

 

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