English Mental Health

How do you know if you’re worrying too much?

Everyone is worried during this difficult time of COVID-19. This is a normal way of reacting to a very abnormal situation. But, for some people, the worry, stress and fear can become too much. How can you tell if you are worrying too much?

  • You are extremely worried about getting COVID-19 (even though you are doing things to keep safe like staying inside, keeping distance from others and washing your hands often).
  • You are unable to sleep because you can’t stop worrying.
  • You read social media messages or listen to the news about COVID-19 all the time.
  • You can’t relax or stop worrying.
  • You are always afraid that something terrible is going to happen.
  • You are irritable with others for no reason.
  • You are unable to cope with the usual things you need to do around the house like get dressed, cook or clean.
  • You feel tense in your neck, shoulders or back, or have an upset stomach due to constant worry.  

If you feel that you are too worried, please speak to a friend or family member or try these helplines.

Contacts (keep trying they may be busy)

  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has many helplines 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 or 0800 20 5026 and others
  • Lifeline general 0861 322 322 and their AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322
  • SANCA for Alcohol and Drug problems WhatsApp line 076 535 1701
  • Childline 0800 055 555

For more info and helplines visit the Perinatal Mental Health Project’s website.

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