COVID-19 is scary. However, the consequences from the COVID 19 is far beyond the health but mental health. Many people seep into depression during depressing during the movement control order (MCO), but they are not aware that they have depression.
The simple fact is that depression has become one of the most common psychological disorders around the world today. It has now reached epidemic proportions in industrialised societies and is increasing at a very high rate in developing countries too.
The main symptoms of depression include changes in emotional states, changes in motivation and the way you function, and also cognitive changes.
Emotional changes include mood swings like feelings of sadness, gloom, pessimism and fear. This is generally accompanied by bouts of crying and tearfulness.
Depressed people feel the world is dull and meaningless. The world is colourless, and the only colour in their mind is gloomy black.
Motivationally, the depressed person loses interest in doing anything. He or she may find great difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or being motivated to go to work.
They have diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities, most of the day, nearly every day. Nothing spurs their interest.
So, functionally they become significantly impaired, failing to do things they previously excelled in.
This decreased ability of functioning is also related to cognitive changes. The depressed finds difficulty in concentration and clear thinking. Their thoughts are dominated by negativity, guilt and lack of self- esteem.
They may also seem to have become retarded in their movements and may sleep too much or too little, generally waking up too early or too frequently – with difficulty in falling asleep again.