Whether working from home, or returning to the office, COVID-19 isn’t just a physical health issue – it’s a mental health issue too.
With ‘always on’ media, divergent and conflicting news, working in isolation, managing work alongside family responsibilities, an overwhelming sense of uncertainty… the toll on our psychological health can’t be ignored.
Calls to the the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) helpline have more than doubled during lockdown, and a survey of SA employees by SADAG, Afriforte, and Mindful Revolution, identified nearly half of respondents (46%) as high risk of Pre‑TSD, and 35% already showing physiological signs.1
Pre-TSD is different to the established diagnosis of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), as it appears during a stressful event, not afterwards.
Psychological signs include racing thoughts, constant worrying, feelings of uncertainty or insecurity, loss of objectivity, reduced emotional control, indecisiveness, inability to focus and concentrate, forgetfulness, poor judgement, and poor decision-making.
Add to that frequent headaches, nausea, heartburn, eating problems, palpitations, sleep problems… Pre-, and Post-TSD is predicted to be the second pandemic to hit the workplace.