The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a host of related mental health issues for many people, such as increased stress, anxiety and depression.
With the weather already starting to cool down, seasonal depression could be another problem facing Chicagoans.
Inger Burnett-Zeigler, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said her clients are facing coronavirus-related stress — and the rest of the globe is too.
“It’s brought on a global stress,” said Burnett-Zeigler. “They’re experiencing stress to their routines being altered, stress related to trying to manage all of their responsibilities in front of them, including working from home, taking care of kids, trying to adjust to the new way of doing things.”
Winter’s arrival can be a difficult for people even in normal circumstances, she said. Typically, people withdraw and isolate themselves more. This year, she recommends people take action.
“I suggest they proactively find opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones, find opportunities to stay active even if that means in a virtual way and be intentional about being in the sunlight when we have it,” she said.