May is Mental Health Awareness Month which comes at a very timely moment.
With the Great Lockdown every stressor is being amplified. In the best case scenario, you are someone who still has a job and a stable income, a big enough home to shelter-in-place somewhat comfortably, and loved ones around you. But even in this case, life has taken a tumble in the last two months.
This pandemic time is full of traumatic experiences. Several articles have covered the toll on first responders, including the New York Times, but nobody is truly protected from it: loss of friends, family, or colleagues, fear for them or ourselves, guilt and regret for not being prepared economically, are examples of traumatic events that can affect anyone.
Researchers found that in the previous SARS outbreak in 2003, being in quarantine was associated with higher rates of depression and PTSD symptoms.
One good consequence of all this damage in our mental health is that we are talking about it, and this is one of the best openings to end the stigma on mental health conditions. Our mental health is as important as our body health, and in the midst of this pandemic, COVID-19 is doing much more than we could imagine to bring up awareness on mental health.
70% of people experience trauma in their lifetime. This is already a high statistic which is likely to become higher after this virus. After trauma, the vast majority of people will experience acute post-traumatic stress which is temporary, if persistent they will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When symptoms occur, getting yourself back on track (grounded) is important to avoid further consequences. Monitoring symptoms helps to understand them and to talk about it with a therapist to determine further therapy, if needed.
Our Mira App is here to help, providing self-management and tracking tools for post-traumatic stress symptoms. The Mira App is now available on the Google play store. It is free and can be downloaded here.
If you are experiencing any post-traumatic stress symptoms, the Mira App may help. Give it a try, and let us know how it works for you.