The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact our way of living. Our daily activities look different now as we continue to practice social distancing and limit activities in order to limit exposure and prevent spread of the coronavirus. We are living in an environment of extreme uncertainty and there is not a clearly identifiable end. This uncertainty can lead to stress, confusion, and fear that can be exacerbated by spikes or surges of confirmed cases. Continuous and ongoing stress can lead to a number of possible mental health concerns. It is common to feel stressed or anxious during this time. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that coping with COVID-19 may be especially hard for people who already manage feelings of anxiety or emotional distress. Recognizing how you’re feeling can help you care for yourself, manage your stress, and cope with difficult situations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares the importance of taking care of your mental health.
- Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.
- People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency. Mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior in a way that influences their ability to relate to others and function each day. These conditions may be situational (short-term) or long-lasting (chronic). People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. If you think you have new or worse symptoms, call your healthcare provider. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
It is important to acknowledge that seeking mental health help is not a weakness. It is as important to take care of your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health.
This information is provided by Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities through the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board. For more information go to www.mcadamh.com or call 419-562-7288.