A national survey compiled by a local pharmaceutical firm has revealed that stress levels in South Africa have shot up by a staggering 56% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey assessed a broad range of psychosocial effects related to the pandemic, which found high levels of stress, depression and anxiety in the country.
A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms include stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside worry and restlessness. Treatment includes counselling or medication, including antidepressants.
The Pharma Dynamics survey coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month celebrated in October. Mental Health Portfolio Manager at Pharma Dynamics, Abdurahman Kenny says many people who previously coped well are now less able to manage, due to multiple stressors generated by the pandemic.
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People who have stress and anxiety over long periods of time may experience negative related health outcomes. They are more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and may even develop depression and panic disorder.
Here are some easy to practice and quick recommendations by Dr Mitali Madhusmita, head doctor at The Art of Living Sri Sri Tattva Panchkarma, that can help build strength and ease mental stress for health workers. Social media is flooded with adulation for doctors, nurses and health workers at the frontline, working around the clock under extremely stressful situations to make sure patients are receiving the best treatment.
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Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus