Mental Lockdown: 5 Signs of Depression
STORY: Janelle Yong
17 April 2020
With COVID-19 still looming over us, it's especially important to monitor your health during this period. But physical health isn't the only thing you should be concerned about. From worries about contracting COVID-19 to uncertainty about the future, the current circumstances can also take a toll on your mental health.
According to news reports, the number of calls made to mental health hotlines has jumped worldwide. CNN reported that calls to US federal crisis hotline Disaster Distress Helpline spiked 891% compared to last year. In addition, Reuters said that in China, hotlines established in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have been flooded with calls.
Here are some symptoms of depression to look out for during this period.
1. Sleeping too much or too little?
Changes in sleeping pattern on both extremes, be it insomnia or sleeping more than normal, can be an indicator of depression.
2. Loss of appetite?
Another symptom of depression is finding it difficult to eat due to never being hungry or experiencing noticeable weight loss for no discernable reason.
3. Lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities?
Sure, we can't go outside, but if binge-watching Netflix or having Zoom chat sessions with your friends no longer appeals to you either, you may be depressed.
4. Constant tiredness?
Those suffering from depression frequently feel drained and lack energy or motivation to carry out simple tasks.
5. Persistent feelings of hopelessness and helplessness?
While everyone experiences such feelings from time to time, recurrent patterns of feeling lost and helpless can also be a sign of depression.
Whom can I talk to?
If you find yourself struggling with anxiety and depression during this period, here are some helplines you might find useful.
National CARE Hotline (24/7): 6202-6868
This helpline was set up recently by the Singapore government to help anyone facing stress or anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline (24/7): 6389-2222
Samaritans of Singapore (24/7): 1800-221-4444
Silver Ribbon Singapore: 6385-3714
This charity offers free counselling for those with mental health woes.
Fei Yue Community Services' Online Counselling Service: eC2.sg
If you'd prefer not to talk on the phone, Fei Yue's counselling is done via online chat messaging instead.