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By THE BALANCE
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In today’s world, no one is unheard-of COVID-19 based on its drastic effects and epidemic nature. COVID-19 started sinking its teeth into our physical and mental well-being in 2019, and since then, the whole world has been making strategies to fight against this COVID pandemic. The main reason for panic and threat regarding this disease in people is the appearance of its perilous symptoms after 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The main indications, including breathlessness, painful throat, muscle aches, deprivation of the sense of smell and taste, and cough, are agitating existing medical complications in patients.

Before the kick-off of COVID-19, depression was already a significant threat to people’s mental wellness, and about 300 million people nationally and internationally were tackling this complication. This COVID-19 widespread resulted in a sudden surge in this statistic of people with depression. Since this depression was a consequence of COVID-19, so it is entitled to COVID depression. One of the primary reasons for this intensifying COVID depression is the virus limiting policies designed on the central theme of social isolation. 

During COVID-19, the psychological health status of many people around the world has been badly impacted. COVID-19 has increased the rate of depression in adults, especially in people already suffering from any other mental health disorder at the same time. Suppose your COVID-19 symptoms have gone, but you still do not feel mentally sound or are dealing with constant nervousness, headaches, fatigue, or a dreadful feeling that makes it challenging to complete your daily tasks. In that case, you are suffering from COVID-19 depression. 

Researchers have found that people diagnosed with COVID-19 during the previous six months were more likely to suffer from depression because of worse situations in different countries. One-third of those who had recovered from COVID developed COVID-19 depression, but people admitted to hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICU) were even more at risk. 

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The rates of COVID-19 depression vary in different groups of people. Recently a study showed that cases of anxiety and depression have increased by more than a quarter globally in the first year of COVID, especially among young adults and women. Because younger people are closer to technology than older ones and are completely aware of its use, they watch news or programs about COVID and its worsening situation in different countries, thus affecting their mental health.

Professionals believe that COVID can affect your mental health in two ways:

  • The psychical stress of COVID-19 infection
  • Your immune system’s response to the virus itself

When infected with COVID-19, your immune system produces chemokines, cytokines, and other proteins that promote inflammation. Increased levels of these cytokines can result in more severe cases of COVID. Researchers suggest that if your body doesn’t control these cytokines, different bad things can happen, such as:

  • Impaired nerve transmission
  • Dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Blood-brain-barrier disorder
  • Peripheral immune cell incursion into the CNS

All of these are the roots of mental disorders like depression. This shows that the actual effects of COVID-19 can lead to depression even when a person recovers from it. 

The other reasons include:

  • Financial worries
  • Job loss
  • Concern about the future
  • Upset regular routines
  • Fear of infecting or dying from COVID
  • Long-term health transformations due to COVID 
  • Changes occurring in mental health as a result of COVID-19 infection
  • Fear of losing loved ones
  • Reduced access to caregivers
  • Social isolation and aloneness
  • Depression of infecting other people

The social distancing required during the whole period of COVID doesn’t allow us to interact with our friends, family, and relatives. We can’t touch and hug. We miss the feeling of being in the presence of our loved ones. Family events are canceled, guests are banned, lunches or dinners with friends are forbidden. Then we feel loneliness more than ever, which results in depression.

If you are experiencing depression during COVID, then you must have any of these symptoms.

  • Feelings of helplessness, fearfulness, emptiness, hopelessness, or sadness
  • Irritability, frustration, or angry outbursts
  • Agitation, anxiety, or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Eating less or more than usual
  • Difficulty in thinking, concentration, making decisions, and remembering things
  • Loss of interest in many activities, including sports, hobbies, or sex
  • Unexplained pain
  • Feelings of regret or worthlessness
  • Feeling tired and low energy, so even easy tasks feel difficult
  • Frequent thoughts about suicide or death or suicide attempts
  • Lower morale
  • Increased absenteeism in jobs

Since its emergence, COVID-19 has been putting down its destructive impacts on people’s mental health. Recent research by electronic health has revealed that COVID-19 has caused over 69 million people to suffer from various psychiatric disorders like dementia, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. A contributing factor to this psychiatric delusion was the discovery of no reliable cure for COVID for a very long time.

Mental Health During Pandemic

This incurable nature of COVID-19 alarmed people because no medication was found to be curing this except the solid natural immune system of the body. Recently the successful experiment and discovery of the COVID vaccine gave people a new hope to fight against this disease. Still, this vaccine has its pros and cons, which contributed to a recent run-up to COVID-19 depression. A number of side effects associated with the COVID vaccine caused an ultimate reluctance in people about getting vaccinated.

Following side effects as a result of COVID-19 vaccination are major contributive factors for the hesitancy of getting vaccinated and post COVID-19 vaccination depression:

  • Red and itchy tenderness in the upper arm
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Vax fog
  • Facial swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Weird dreams
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Pain at the injection site

These are post-vaccination side effects reported by the majority of people as much of the symptoms are similar to that of COVID symptoms, so people also get depressed that they might have suffered from COVID-19. Hence, the COVID vaccine is also responsible for developing unwelcomed stress and depression in people.

Detailed research on the long-term effect of COVID on mental health is still going on. Current statistics from Wuhan suggest that about one-third of the people suffering from deteriorated mental health are more exposed to depression from the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many logical reasons for COVID-19 depression, such as measures that help prevent the infection like social distancing, restricting or closing business operations, wearing the mask constantly have set up situations that affect a person’s psychological health. COVID-19 will also increase the risk of many other mental disorders such as dementia, insomnia, and many more. 

Therapies And Treatments At Balance Mallorca

Your negligence about your COVID-19 depression can be a reason for the long-term worsened condition. Suppose you are looking for a tried and trusted place to get treatment and therapies to alleviate your COVID-19 depression. In that case, well-grounded and professional therapies and treatment at The Balance Mallorca are something made for you. The trustworthy and never failing treatments offered for treatment of COVID-19 depression at The Balance Mallorca are as follows:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • NAD therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Meditation therapy
  • Holistic therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • TMS therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Neurotherapy and neurofeedback
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Dialectical therapy

Usually, COVID-19 depression indication persists up to 6 months in most people, but this time fluctuates between high and low in different people and can go a long way if left untreated. Due to its hazardously negative impacts on people’s mental and physical health, it must be taken seriously, and proper treatment should be approached. So it would help if you tried to opt for the early measures to face the minimum mental and physical health loss. The much-counted thing is your self-effort that you will put into your daily life to eliminate this COVID-19 depression. This effort can be in many forms, including eating a healthy diet, practicing yoga and mind relaxing exercises, and attending counseling sessions with your therapist. 

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