Depression due to staying at home ! Coronavirus

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gg12346 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:36:12

Hello all
I am high risk and even though the risk level has fallen , havent yet decided to go out of house .But this is causing extreme anxiety and depression .I am a SAHM so usually the whole day goes into doing household chores and online schooling at the moment .My children and partner go out seldom for walks and getting some fresh air after there work is done at home but I havent managed to go out .In fact I am very scared , I think I have lost something in my brain and I am too scared to move out of home .Its causing extreme anxiety and anger temperament at home but I just cant take it .WHAT needs to be done ? I have two very bad underlying health conditions and I know if i get infected I wont make it sad

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nolovelost Sun 21-Jun-20 12:48:33

@gg12346 You say that you're high risk, are you high enough to be shielding? I really think you need to get out. Stay away from anyone, you'll be fine. Unless you had the sheiding letter. I understand the worry, I'm vulnerable but worked throughout which forced me to be out as I was very scared back in March but I got used to it pretty quickly. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't go out, I suffer mentally if I don't.

Come on...drag yourself out....have a virtual hand hold. It's not ask scary as you think.

My friend who is terminally ill with comorbidities survived it. Please put the risks of catching it into perspective. X

ragged Sun 21-Jun-20 12:57:36

If I had terrible health conditions then I would go out anyway. I would be in the absolutely SOD IT camp and be furious that I was being deprived of autonomy. Which is why my answers are probably useless. Sorry.

Man's Search for Meaning is supposed to be THE BOOK to read when you find life is being grossly unfair, and somehow have to keep your spirits up anyway.

flowertoday Sun 21-Jun-20 13:04:52

Hi GG. That sounds awful for you. The threat of coronavirus and everything that has gone with it in lockdown has had a huge impact on mental health. Not going out is only going to make the idea of doing so worse, and the only way through is to take that step. Do you have a garden where you could get outside ? Or is there a walk perhaps just up and down the road you could try first?
It may be worth having a chat with your GP about how you are feeling and your perception of the risks.
There will be a way through and out the other side. flowers

enjoyingscience Sun 21-Jun-20 13:31:19

Do you mean you haven’t been for any walks or anything at all outdoors? I think that would be a huge help. Even just 20 minutes a day in the sunshine will do you good, and I know it sounds glib, but it really isn’t. Could you go out for a little walk today?

DianaT1969 Sun 21-Jun-20 15:12:28

Do you have a garden or terrace? You should prioritise getting out in the sunshine everyday to bolster your vitamin D levels. I assume you've been taking supplements and know the correlation between vitamin D deficiency and outcome from Covid-19? It has been discussed on MN and in the press with a lot of research published by other countries (not the UK strangely). Not going out is putting you at risk.
Read epidemiologist reports - a comprehensive USA one said risk was low outdoors and passing someone with it (a panting jogger for example) isn't a high enough dose to catch it. Staying in the same place near someone for longer periods, if they are shouting or singing are more risky.
May I ask if your underlying health issues are being managed?

DianaT1969 Sun 21-Jun-20 15:14:51

Also low vitamin D = low moods. The weather is going to be good this week. Get out there and exercise for the sake of your mental health. Keep moving, keep your distance and you'll feel fine.


AppleBlossomTimeNow Sun 21-Jun-20 15:38:45

Talk to your doctor. You may need specific meds or therapy to help you cope with your anxiety & depression. It may not be something you can 'battle through' on your own. Be compassionate to yourself. Lots of people without MH issues have really struggled, you are not alone x

gg12346 Sun 21-Jun-20 22:44:06

Thank you everyone for your kind replies and some motivational messages .When I lockdown started I use to read and follow BBC NEWS a lot and there was a time I remember there was interviews of family members who had lost someone , posted each and every other day .Infact when deaths were above 800 or so , there use to more interviews and published on the news .The have had , a very bad impact on me to be honest .*@nolovelost*,your frd is very lucky,my partner lost his colleage with no health issues to COVID-19 .@ragged ,I will definitely try and read the book you have suggested .@DianaT1969 I have a balcony which I keep open and take some vitamin D from sunshine if its there .@AppleBlossomTimeNow and @flowertoday,yes I think its worth it to talk to GP now or take some advise from the health service .

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