Especially over the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found themselves chained in stress and depression. The reasons for this could range from separation from loved ones to being confiscated indoors, and the lack of exposure to their usual ‘normal’ activities.
But still, many people have been suffering silently from psychological issues, even before the coronavirus pandemic. In the latter case, the victims continue to sink deeper in stress and depression for fear of being stigmatized by the judgmental society and people who would start pointing fingers at the victims if they decided to open up about their mental health challenges.
A significant number also decide to stay quiet about their issues for fear that they could be neglected or considered outcasts. But no one should suffer from mental health issues silently, and those around them should not ignore their challenges.
If you or a loved one is suffering from psychological issues, it is important to seek help, which may include social support, medical treatment, counseling, or a combination of several approaches depending on the issue. The best thing is that, these days, medical insurance is available for various therapy options and mental health treatments.
This means that whether it’s an addiction or a circumstantial mental health issue, the patient can get professional help without breaking the bank. With this having been said, here are some reasons why psychological issues should not be ignored.
1. Psychological Wellness Impacts Physical Well-Being
Your mental health and physical health have a direct relationship. It is very okay to stay late in the night catching your favorite movie, but it is dangerous to make it a habit. When you get adequate quality sleep, your brain rests, stabilizing your mental health.
Michael Zhou says that even in the entrepreneurial world, mental health issues are a common challenge. If you are sleep-deprived, on the other hand, there’s a big chance you will feel weak and fatigued the following day at work. Another example is where some people tend to eat more when feeling stressed, which leads to massive weight gain.
Some, on the contrary, lose their appetite when stressed, leading to unhealthy weight loss. Also, when stressed, depressed, or suffering from an addiction, some people will forget their personal hygiene and health routines such as exercise. These are all reasons enough not to ignore psychological issues.
2. They Affect Mood and May Lead to Disease
Anxiety, bad temper, sadness, and frustration are among the many feelings that come with mental health challenges. Our moods are a reflection of mental wellness, but not every smile means that the person is happy. Denial has made many people suffer critical mental conditions that would have been sorted in the early stages.
When you are not in control of your mental state, you are prone to chronic diseases like stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other stress-linked diseases. Stress is inevitable, but it is how you deal with it that matters. Sometimes it’s better to talk about it or seek medical intervention than to fight it consistently, only to dig an early grave.
3. They Could Lead to Death and Suicide Cases
We have seen people who have committed suicide, and we will continue to see them if the situation is not contained. People handle situations differently, and the outcomes often vary depending on the intensity of the situation.
Some may leave suicidal notes while others just leave us in suspense. From drug addiction to depression, frustration from rejection, and stigma, there are many causes of suicide or suicide attempts. However, we can safely argue that it all starts from the mind and is mostly triggered by situations that affect one’s psychological wellness.
In most cases, it can be stopped before it’s too late, especially by addressing any underlying mental health issues. If you’ve had suicidal thoughts before, it is also important to identify your emotional trigger as soon as it steps in and work on it before it intensifies, and seek professional help such as medical treatments or therapy options as soon as possible.
4. They Affect Productivity
Fatigue, tension, and loss of sleep are some of the common physical symptoms encountered when in distress. When you are emotionally straining or distracted, you lack concentration, your level of productivity drops, and you may not perform the way you should at work, school, or home.
And since stress can sometimes be inevitable, it is important to learn how to stay productive when depressed and know when to seek help. Many people have lost lucrative jobs, relationships, businesses, and hard-earned money due to emotional instability. With denial being the main reason why many don’t seek help, it is important to be real with situations to avoid irreversible damage or losses.
Psychological issues can make you drown in alcohol making it even worse to sort out the situation. It is therefore important to identify your cause of stress and analyze how to deal with it.
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Fred is a BA Business Management graduate who has been living in South East Asia for 6 years. It was during this time that he began to teach himself marketing. He has had a lot of success which he puts down to working smart, and doing as little “work” as possible!