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Weak in a pandemic, the fine line between depression and well-being

Weak in a pandemic, the fine line between depression and well-being

The social blockade that developed after the COVID-19 pandemic has had physical, economic, mental and emotional consequences. In the face of general isolation measures, people have been forced to adapt to new scenarios and devise strategies to make the “new normal” a time to take advantage of the home.

However, more than a year after the onset of this life change, mental exhaustion becomes visible, a little energy that can recur in different circumstances, emotional fluctuations, finding personal contexts very routine, especially for these young people; As a result, since many people experience a lack of purpose, they feel stagnant and hopeless, see life as they pass by and have no direction, symptoms that indicate so-called laziness.

According to Jessica Mejia, Director Areandina Psychology Valledupar headquarters, the term laziness refers to the absence of mental health, and is named after Corey Reyes, a researcher at Emory University. For Mejia, this is not about exhaustion, depression, or lack of energy; In this case, people who are in a state of idleness have everything to be fine but feel empty, little contented, or little well-being.

The unprecedented health process we are going through at this time and the measures taken to take care of ourselves have reinforced the characteristics that lead to feelings of vulnerability, especially in young people. The absence of psychological well-being or mental health problems, and this is part of the reality in which they live every day more people in the world”, explains director Mejia.

He adds, “Although laziness is not depression, it is an appropriate way to trigger it, as it affects motivation, focus, and proactivity, and generates feelings of stagnation, aimlessness and hopelessness.”

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For Director Mejia, the key to stopping asthenia is to determine the cause, it must be determined how long the symptoms have been and whether they were present before the isolation and, conversely, due to a reaction to the current context and modifications in the routine of life.

“The first thing to stop feeling low is to be active, make plans with friends and family, develop activities and set goals that require uninterrupted time for them, and identify challenges that test skills and increase determination,” Mejia asserts.

Director Mejia believes that it is important to allow herself to understand the symptoms that indicate a lack of psychological well-being and not respond to the feeling of it. Invite them to talk about it and seek help from a mental health professional.