COVID-19 Counseling Can Help
Are you experiencing grief as a result of losing a loved one, a job, or your lifestyle to COVID-19? Are you feeling worried about what life will be like once the pandemic is over? Are you having a difficult time coping with all of the isolation and change? If you’re still processing this whirlwind, you’re not alone. Living through a global pandemic has brought with it a very unique set of challenges that have taken a toll on everyone’s mental health differently. At our Wilmington, NC-based counseling practice, our therapists can provide COVID-19 counseling services to help you work through the pain that these unprecedented time have caused you so that you can embrace the “new normal” with open arms.
COVID-19 & Mental Health
From the initial shock and panic, to the extended isolation, to the waves of many types of grief & loss that followed, COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on everyone’s mental health worldwide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about mental health and substance use have grown, including concerns about suicidal ideation. In January 2021, 41% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder.
Who has been impacted the most?
The better question might be who hasn’t been personally and deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
While everyone has experienced loss in some capacity during these times, some have definitely been hit a little harder by the pandemic. If you’re a healthcare hero, caretaker, essential worker, or COVID-19 survivor, you may feel loss greater than you’ve ever felt before. Any sense of normalcy, freedom, togetherness, and/or relaxation may have felt extremely far away during these extra tough circumstances. Although you may feel isolated, burnt out, and broken, you are definitely not alone in this.
COVID-19 Related Anxiety
Feelings of anxiety and worry have become increasingly common in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses to perceived or real danger, especially when faced with so much uncertainty. So it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing anxiety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Added to the fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives. We have learned to adjust to a “new normal” that excludes physical contact and face time with others, hindering our ability to make connections.
Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of quality time with family members, friends and colleagues, experiencing symptoms of anxiety is to be expected. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to deal with your feeling of worry, stress, isolation, or panic alone. Receiving tailored COVID-19 counseling can help.
COVID-19 Related Depression
Depression is also a major concern during these unprecedented times. Some factors that may contribute to feelings of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic include long durations of quarantine, frustration, boredom, loneliness, inadequate supplies or information, fear of being sick or getting others sick, and job/economic loss.
Major, traumatic events like the pandemic have the potential to cause long-lasting mental health effects, including depression. The feeling of our lives being on a seemingly endless pause is enough to make anyone feel like sad, stuck, and isolated. It is hard to be excited and joyous about life when it feels as though we’ll have to continue living in these challenging circumstances and their repercussions forever.
COVID-19 Related Grief & Loss
COVID-19 has caused so much loss. Whether you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one’s life, the loss of your job, or the just the general loss of normalcy and connection, your grief is valid. In terms of lives lost during the pandemic, the total deaths related to COVID-19 projects an estimated 2 million bereaved individuals in the U.S. No matter what kind of loss you are going through, it can be extremely challenging and traumatic to navigate on your own.
Maybe you’re experiencing the loss of multiple things right now. That “stuck” feeling of not knowing how to proceed can be overwhelming. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be unable to properly say goodbye to a terminally ill loved one or unable to mourn someone’s death in-person with friends and family. Maybe you lost stability in that you’re not making enough money or haven’t been able to access the support services you need. These losses can certainly overlap, which may make the grief process more complex and delay a person’s ability to adapt, heal, and recover.
Begin Counseling for COVID-19 Issues in Wilmington, NC
The COVID-19 pandemic has made a significant impact on everyone’s mental health in one way or another. So, our certified counselors believe that you deserve support and understanding while figuring this out. If you are ready to move forward from the setbacks that COVID-19 has caused in Wilmington, NC, follow these steps.
Other Services at Evolution Wellness
Here at our Wilmington, NC-based counseling practice, we provide a variety of services to help you reach wellness. From anxiety and depression treatment to trauma therapy and EMDR, we want to support you. Further, along with our individual services, our therapists provide family and couples therapy, too. Family services include couples therapy, divorce counseling, premarital counseling, and therapy for teens. In addition, all of this is available to you in person or online in North Carolina.