The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, reports that 1 in 5 adults within the U.S. experience a mental illness each year. Mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being. People are experiencing stress, feeling overwhelmed, and feeling out of control on a daily basis. However, with COVID-19, these feelings can be completely altered. Many are not stressing about the same things as they were before.
Feeling Out of Control – Normal Life
Our daily responsibilities usually consist of completing work tasks, taking care of family, and finding the time to take care of ourselves. We live in a fast-paced world and normal every-day life can become increasingly stressful and overwhelming. Many people feel that they don’t have balance in life and lack control. Some may feel that they are trapped in their current situation and that there is no way out. Others may feel overwhelmed by daily tasks and financial pressures continuing to grow. Feeling overwhelmed is a natural response to feeling stressed, anxious, and out of control. All of these situations can lead to serious mental health issues such as depression or an anxiety disorder.
The NAMI reports that over 40 million adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder. There are different types, each with their own symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association reports that one in six adults will experience depression during their life. Even though both of these mental illnesses can stem from genetics, they are also an outcome from environmental factors.
Feeling Out of Control – Pandemic
No one knows when life will be “back to normal” again. The fact is that our world has been changed forever. The outbreak of COVID-19 is very stressful. Adults and children worldwide are experiencing fear and anxiety about the pandemic and its outcome that will affect us economically, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The virus has caused work, school, and other community closures along with cancellations of countless events. People have been forced to adapt their situations and practice social isolation procedures. The pandemic is causing individuals to feel out of control and hopeless.
Although it can be similar to how one feels during every-day “normal” life, most of these emotions and reactions can be much stronger. Many are feeling hopeless as they watch the infection rate and death toll rise. It is common to feel out of control in a situation like this. People are experiencing heightened levels of severe depression and panic attacks. COVID-19 is a collective trauma. PTSD, or Post-traumatic stress disorder, will likely affect many as well.
Taking care of yourself and your loved ones can help you cope with stress. The CDC offers ways to cope with stress from COVID-19 here. If you feel like you’re spiraling or helpless, remember that you can continue to follow the social distancing and safety recommendations. This is important as it will contribute to limiting the spread of the virus.
Ketamine treatments can be a beneficial option for those who are dealing with mental illnesses. Ketamine fusions are usually fast acting and are relaxing as opposed to antidepressant drugs that can take weeks before they take effect. This study reports that, within hours of treatment, there was significant improvement in depression related symptoms. Albany Ketamine offers ketamine sessions for depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. These treatments can be a great alternative to other treatments that are not working for you. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment sessions that we offer, we are here to help you.
COVID-19 has changed our lives but we will surpass this. Continue to keep in touch with your friends and family. Be sure to take care of yourself as well. Albany Ketamine continues to operate as it usually does, but we have been implementing changes to ensure your safety and comfort. Contact us on our website or at (518) 500-4113 with any questions or to schedule a confidential consultation.