ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Even in normal circumstances mental health is a serious matter and, if unchecked, can lead to debilitating consequences, or worse.
In our business 20% of our staff are sufferers including myself. In the UK almost 8% of the population will be diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety and 1 in 6 adults are known to be suffering from a common mental health disorder right now. (Stats according to the UK Mental Health Foundation).
The MHF quote an estimate that 20% of the time taken off work in Britain is due to mixed anxiety and depression.
For existing sufferers many of them are very aware of their condition, triggers, coping mechanisms and if they are fortunate enough to have found the right meds, or counselling they will know when to reach out and what to ask for. (Appreciate this isn’t the case for all in particular for those with severe conditions).
However, all the statistics clearly can’t account for sufferers who haven’t yet realised their condition or know deep down something is off, but are in a state of denial which is often caused by pride or fear of appearing weak to others in some way (I’m talking from my personal experience and that of others).
Anxiety is relatively straightforward to identify, however the onset of depression can occur very gradually with such minute increments that it can creep up on you without realisation until you literally find yourself with tears rolling down your cheeks regularly and no idea why.
I am pleased to say that for me personally and for all those I work with, the help the NHS are providing works well.
GPs are very understanding. They take as long as you want to let you talk things through with them, they take mental health very seriously and do their best to provide the right solutions that include lifestyle advice for improved wellbeing, counselling and medication.
There is help, and for the majority of people it is very effective in getting you back to being yourself for the good of you, your family and your work.
Clearly, the world is far from normal at the moment. The anticipation is that anxiety and depression will increase due to social distancing, fear, lack of exercise, increased alcohol intake, weight gain and many other lifestyle and circumstance changes brought about due to COVID-19.
Symptoms of anxiety can be found here:-
A self-assessment tool for depression can be found here:-
If you think something could be off, please take the self-assessment and follow the advice.
Telling yourself to smile, man-up or that you will be fine, is highly unlikely to work with a genuine clinical condition.
In these times, please take care of your body and mind.