2020 was a rough year for the country. With the Covid-19 pandemic and weeks long quarantine becoming a regular part of life, many Americans with mental illness have been suffering in silence. Therapy, medication, and daily coping mechanisms are all integral for a healthy mind, and it might be worth considering changes to lifestyle and daily routine. What are some of the most prominent mental illnesses and their primary symptoms?
Anxiety disorders cause intense, overpowering fear and terror, which manifests in hyperventilation, increased heart rate, exhaustion, gastrointestinal issues, and insomnia. Specific types of anxiety like agoraphobia and panic disorders can be exacerbated by certain activities. What kind of activities? Well, “doom scrolling” the news on social media, being stuck indoors, paranoia from economic and political instability, and wearing masks everywhere to avoid a deadly virus certainly fit the definition of anxiety-inducing activities.
More than 264 million people worldwide live with clinical depression. With the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a heightened number of people – particularly caregivers, essential works, and younger adults – that are experiencing depression and suicidal ideation. The CDC has suggested intervention and prevention for these at-risk groups. Aside from symptoms of sadness or suicidal ideation, depression can also include insomnia, overeating or no appetite, headache, or a loss of interest in hobbies or work.
Insomnia and Restlessness
Insomnia is a common symptom of both depression and anxiety disorders, and it can heighten other symptoms. In 2020, sleeplessness was an ongoing problem, and scrolling Twitter until all hours of the morning was so common, it was a cliché.
2021 is a new year, but the anxieties of 2020 are still here. To stay mentally and physically healthy, self-care needs to be prioritized, and readers, we want to hear from you! Have CBD oils, hemp flowers, or supplements improved your sleep or appetite in times of stress? Leave a comment below and let us know!