Anxiety and Depression in the time of COVID-19 has risen among adults and youth, men and women within the United States according to MHA- Mental Health America statistical report. The number of people is now looking for help with anxiety and depression through counseling services. There has been an increase from January – September 2020 of a leading number of 315,220 people struggling since the pandemic occurred. There has been 534,784 people seeking help for depression and screenings to receive needed services. Statistics continue to show an increase as uncertainty continues to rise with delay in vaccinations.
Remember if you or anyone in your household or family struggle with any symptoms of Anxiety or Depression. Don’t hesitate to contact a Professional Therapist to talk about your concerns and struggles. Please do not struggle in silence, let someone walk through the struggles with you.
Here are a few signs to look for when dealing with Anxiety and Depression from Betterhelp.com:
- Feeling Restless or On Edge
Feelings of unexplained restlessness and tension can be another common symptom of anxiety. This can include a sense of impending doom or disaster, sometimes accompanied by fear or even panic. These feelings can be concentrated on a specific event, like loss of a job or a natural disaster, or they can be more diffuse. If you feel like you’re constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, you may be suffering from anxiety.
- Muscle Tension
Constantly tense and physically wound up? Muscle tension is a physical symptom that often accompanies mental health issues, including anxiety. This constant tension leaves you feeling sore and physically exhausted, even when you haven’t done any other physical activity. This prolonged tension can often be the source of chronic pain and other recurring illnesses, so it’s important to nip it in the bud before it becomes more severe.
- Feelings of Worthlessness
People suffering from depression often experience a persistent feeling of worthlessness and low self-esteem. This can be a more general feeling or can be related to a specific area such as work, school, or personal relationships. While most people go through periods of self-doubt and uncertainty, the symptoms experienced by those suffering from depression are more intense and tend to persist regardless of external factors.
- Excessive Guilt
Like feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt is another common symptom of depression. People can feel guilty for things they have or haven’t done, often dwelling on past actions to an unhealthy extent. People can also feel guilty about their mental illness itself and the way it affects their personal and professional lives. These feelings of guilt are compounded by the other common symptoms of depression, such as withdrawal from personal relationships and failure to fulfill obligations at work and school. Guilt over symptoms of depression can be a vicious cycle, so it’s important to seek help before you’re caught in the spiral.
- Withdrawing from Family and Friends
If you find yourself withdrawing from relationships with friends and family, you could be suffering from
depression. People with depression often remove themselves from otherwise happy, healthy relationships, and struggle to form new connections with others. They can often feel like a burden to those who care about them or may simply be too exhausted and overwhelmed to deal with more social interaction. Lack of close relationships can also be a factor that leads to depression, so that social withdrawal can often further exacerbate existing mental illness.
- Feeling Restless or On Edge
We must remember God’s word will meet our every need:
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.
Evangelist Sherrice Benjamin
Evangelist Sherrice Benjamin, MA, LLC, CCTP is licensed in the State of Michigan as a (LLPC) Limited License Professional Counselor. Her training has prepared her for the field of counseling in several techniques and theories. Her services are focused spiritually and naturally, through the body, the healing of the spirit, mind and the broken-hearted.