Coronavirus and Mental Wellbeing
Coronavirus and Your Mental Health
COVID-19 may have affected you or your family in different ways such as isolation, loneliness, loss, bereavement, employment, study, relationship etc, and changed the way you live your life, your wellbeing, mental health and physical health.
You may experience the following symptoms:
- Worry, fear, stress, anger, sadness, anxiety, depression numbness, low mood, frustration and difficulty coping day to day.
- Low motivation, energy or interests.
- Changes in appetite (poor appetite or overeating).
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia.
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems etc.
Long term Effects of COVID
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. While most people recover quickly from coronavirus (COVID-19), some people may have ongoing symptoms. These can last for a few weeks or longer. This has been referred to as long COVID.
The symptoms of long COVID are not limited to people who were seriously unwell or hospitalised when they first caught the virus.
Symptoms of Long COVID
COVID is a new condition. There can be different symptoms, which often overlap. These may change over time and can affect anywhere in the body.
There is no universally agreed definition of long COVID, but it covers a broad range of symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain, and difficulty concentrating, problems with memory and concentration ('brain fog'), difficulty sleeping (insomnia), heart palpitations, loss of appetite, dizziness, pins and needles, depression and anxiety.
What support can I get for Long COVID?
If you’re worried about your symptoms or if you have symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, loss or bereavement, you can speak to us. You can self-refer or speak with your GP.
The government has rolled out 60 Long COVID clinics across England and Wales to support those struggling with ongoing symptoms.
NHS has provided a platform known as Your Covid Recovery to provide support and information for those that are still suffering with symptoms of COVID.
You can speak with your GP or healthcare professionals if you want to be referred.