Mental Health in the Time of Covid
Mental health is beyond just how we feel mentally--it includes how we feel physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Without a doubt, the precautions of being in quarantine during a worldwide pandemic can cause people to feel lonely, thus potentially spiking mental health issues. Overall, the current pandemic is eating away at many teens’ mental health. Fortunately, there are ways to help overcome increased anxiety and depression through therapy. Dr. Afshana Haque, a family therapist based in Houston said, “My business is blooming at this point. I don’t think necessarily people are connecting to the pandemic right off the bat. What initially happens is whatever people were doing before, is probably worse because they are not able to cope in the ways they were able to cope before.”
As a Muslim, Dr. Haque encourages consistency with prayer and dua; however, these aren’t the only tools. If a person falls into depression or begins having suicidal thoughts, medical attention is necessary. In today’s society, it is common for the older generation to question the effectiveness of therapy and as Dr. Haque said, “It is hard in a community where it's not normal to see a therapist.” Nonetheless, she said, “We are a generation where we are no longer just trying to survive, we’re a generation who wants to thrive.” With this in mind, she advises that if you are struggling with your mental health, you should not feel ashamed to reach out for help.