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Can coronavirus cause anxiety, insomnia, and depression?

The answer is yes!

I am seeing a huge surge in my patients presenting with the above symptoms,

Although many of the people coming with anxiety and depression are getting these symptoms due to the social and monetary aftermath of the virus pandemic,effects of staying indoors without sunlight exposure but,

I personally feel that the virus has caused a subclinical infection in the majority of the population, the coronavirus is known to infect brain cells and causes depletion of the body reserves,(such as vitamin C, E and zinc that assist the physical barriers.,Vitamins B6, B12, C, D, E, folic acid, zinc, and selenium all support immunity at a cellular level. Finally, all these micronutrients, with the exceptions of vitamin C and iron, that are essential for antibody production)

As these vitamins and minerals are getting used up fighting the virus infection, other organs ( such as the brain, is unable to get its supply of vitamin b12 and other nutrients) and when this happens the typical symptoms of a weak brain function start to manifest,

Untreated B12 deficiency eventually leads to anemia and neurologic complications such as unsteady gait and paralysis. Low levels of the vitamin have been found to be associated with depression and dementia, increased confusion, lethargy, and even osteoporosis.

Other than taking regular supplements,(Probiotics (found in fermented foods such as yogurt)are the overlooked foods that do wonders for your immune system and mental health )

Take care of your mental health by,

Acknowledge, respect and share your feelings of depression and anxiety

Stay in touch with your family and friends

Say no to stressors including tasks, people and places,

Spend time nurturing yourself by praying and meditating, exercise and yoga

Enjoy life’s little pleasures, a cup of coffee, a walk, a sitcom.

Exercise such as brisk walking helps burn the nervous energy,

Avoid excessive social media,

Get 8 hrs of sleep ideally between 9 pm and 5 am.

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