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How to identify if you or your loved ones are not 'okay' during COVID-19 and beyond.

What a whirlwind this period has been. For many of us COVID-19 and the resulting physical distancing and ‘isolation’ measures have been the most disruptive and perhaps distressing thing we’ve ever experienced. It’s been said many times that no one has been left untouched by this event – we’ve all been affected, and some more than others.

As restrictions start to ease, and life eventually begins to get back to ‘normal’ you might expect that everything you’ve been feeling (perhaps unease, anxiousness, nervousness, stress, sadness) will disappear. Or, perhaps you’ve noticed that something has definitely changed in you, and you’re not sure if it’s worth speaking to someone about it (hint: always yes!).

We have prepared a quick five-point guide for recognising that it’s time for you (or a friend, family member, anyone really) to talk with a general practitioner (GP):

  1. Significant mood changes – highs or lows, restlessness, agitation, or listlessness
  2. Changes in behaviour – more risk taking or dangerous behaviours, substance abuse, poor sleep, insomnia or hypersomnia
  3. Delusions, hallucinations, unusual thinking, confusion, suicidal or self-harm thoughts
  4. Reduction in self-care, hygiene and appearance – weight, presentation, etc
  5. Impairment at work or socially – not wishing to engage in typical behaviours – demotivated, etc

If any of these ‘changes’ seem familiar to you, or if you’ve a feeling within yourself that something is 'not quite right', that’s a good indication that it’s time to talk.

Many GPs are now offering telehealth appointments, so it’s even more convenient to organise someone to speak with. You can even stay in your PJs.

Remember: you wouldn’t let a sore hand go untreated, so please don’t let a ‘sore’ head experience the same. There is ALWAYS someone available for you to speak with and help.

In addition to making contact with your GP, Beyond Blue also has great resources available on their website

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Megan Buxton
Megan Buxton
Counsellor

Megan Buxton has been in the welfare sector for 25 years developing programs and new initiatives, and leading and teaching others. She has experience across various roles including counsellor, career guidance officer, vocational teacher, and more. Megan is passionate about people reaching their potential, overcoming barriers to success, and living a life of fulfilment.