Symptoms to seek professional help during COVID crisis
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 20-02-2023

Symptoms to seek professional help during COVID crisis


As Coronavirus is the harsh reality of disturbance all world is facing, our lives have changed dramatically and rapidly and we are not sure when things will return to normal. We are handling an incredible amount of change and loss – job loss or financial security, privacy loss, loss of freedom, and face-to-face loss of connection. Our life clashed together at one place which is our Home sweet home – Now our Home has become where we work, socialize, exercise, chill out, freak out, eat and sleep, and do our hobbies and what makes it more is staying with family doing all these things.

It is a bit of a mess, and it makes sense for all of us, of course, to note the effect of this on our mental health.

In this case one must recognize the difference between what’s normal and what’s not, People might get stressed due to Coronavirus breaking it may disturb people to all extents but we must know what stress represents - stress represents a natural psychological and physical reaction to life's events. Everyone responds differently to stressful circumstances and during a crisis, it is natural to feel stressed and worried. However, multiple challenges daily, such as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, can push you beyond your ability to cope.

What many people are feeling right now may include:

  • Feeling blue, sad, overwhelmed, disconnected, and irritable
  • Low motivation or lack of interest
  • Difficulty with normal routine and daily tasks
  • Low energy/feeling fatigued
  • Not enjoying things that you normally would
  • Withdrawing from the people around you
  • Problems focusing/concentrating and making decisions
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite
  • Feeling teary

(All of the above points are very much normal and one could feel in this scenario)

When should you be seeking professional help?

The answer varies for each of us, but here are a few suggestions to consider when deciding whether it would be useful to seek professional help:

  • If you’ve been feeling blue, anxious, or out of sorts for days 
  • If you or others are worried about the changes you’re experiencing
  • If you’re feeling stuck or finding it tricky to shift these thoughts and feelings on your own
  • If you’re noticing that how you’re feeling is getting in the way at home, at work, or in your relationships
  • If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm.
  • If you want some practical suggestions to help you to cope
  • If you have a history of mental health issues.

If you are having these symptoms, firstly you should:

Take a break from the news
It is important to keep up with the news about the virus to make the best health decisions for you and your family, but this does not mean you should stay tuned into the news every second of the day. Instead, it is all right to check verified news sources periodically for important updates from local and regional news outlets and public health decision-makers.

If your mental health seems to be out of reach during this crisis you should quickly call for advice and assistance online from a mental health professional. A licensed mental health professional can provide solutions with online counseling and real-time coping with the COVID-19 mental health crisis.

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