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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness week is the 10 -16 May 2021 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. It follows the shocking news this week announced by the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle survey that one in five adults in Britain has experienced symptoms of depression during the pandemic, with the young, the disabled and those who rent their homes, being hit the hardest.

The figures show that between January and March 2021, during the second lockdown, 21% of adults experienced some form of depression, an increase from 19% in November 2020 and more than double the figure observed before the pandemic.

Younger adults and women were more likely to experience some form of depression, with more than 4 in 10 women aged between 16 and 29 experiencing depressive symptoms, compared with 26% of men the same age.

The ONS also reports that many people may not be seeking medical help as GPs in England have diagnosed fewer case of depression in adults in 2020 compared to the year before.

Do you recognise any of these signs in yourself, your family or friends?

  • Decreased energy, chronic fatigue, or feeling sluggish frequently
  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling
  • Pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty sleeping, waking early or oversleeping
  • Loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • Anger, irritability, or restlessness
  • Feeling guilty or experiencing feelings of worthlessness or helplessness

Depression can be life-changing, but it is not just depression that this awareness week is about.

Anxiety and stress are much more prevalent within our modern lifestyles and according to an Anxiety UK survey many people are now also anxious about the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Concerns around using public transport, going out in public spaces, going shopping and returning to work being some of the biggest concerns.

We all get anxious at times but it shouldn’t impact our daily lives. Anxiety can be seen with signs such as:

  • Persistent worrying about several areas
  • Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they are not
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax, feeling restless and on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches
  • Trembling, feeling twitchy
  • Nervousness or being easily startled
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhoea or irritable bowel syndrome
  • General irritability

Anxiety left untreated can be a stepping stone towards depression.

Hypnotherapy can be used to support and complement treatment for certain types of depression and it is extremely effective at reducing and managing anxiety and stress disorders.

Don’t leave it until the symptoms become severe, seek help sooner rather than later either from your GP or therapist such as myself.

Want to know more about anxiety, stress or depression? Explore my web site further and see how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can offer a helping hand to alleviate many of these symptoms and get you back on track.