Mental health during the pandemic: 1 year on

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    Dorothy Perks

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    The early stages of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns were hard on all of us, in different ways. Isolation, joblessness, childcare, and many other challenges severely affected the mental well-being of many people around the world. Yet here we are, a year on. How are we coping?
     
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    Jasmine

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    I'm in Australia and currently in a situation of lockdown. it sucks to be honest cause it's very isolating and my family aren't really helping with the whole 'mental health' thing lol. It's challenging, especially when I'm in my last year of high school and literally EVERYTHING about it is kinda up in the air at the moment. I might not get a graduation, or formal, or even a proper exam to sit to test my abilities. I'll be an estimate. Which feels really disappointing especially after working my a$$ off for the past 6 years :/
    But thank you for checking in with everyone it's really kind :)
     
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    Dorothy Perks

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    Thank you & I appreciate your compliment.

    This year is really disappointing, ngl. I hope this will get fixed soon.
     
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    astatine

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    The government will do anything just to end this pandemic and return back the old society.
     
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    Jasmine

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    Not our government in Australia sadly. their main key is "get the vaccine or no one is leaving lockdown"... I mean America is not in lockdown and their cases are THOUSANDS more then the cases in Australia so I don't get why we're being punished for the cases we have??? like shouldn't the vaccine be a choice?
    And our stupid prime minister keeps calling covid a "race" and a "competition". like sorry we aren't competing in the olympics over here we are in a pandemic :hmm:
     
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    Convallaria

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    Hey, I'm new here. I've been getting more into piano and picked up a violin/viola (5-string). I just played "One More Light" the other day. I've been trying to eat more. I'm at ~96 lbs. I have a hard time eating when I get stressed - no appetite. I got out of a horrible relationship with a cheating coworker that lasted a little more than a year. It started when Covid hit, coincidentally. Idealize, devalue, discard was his favorite game. If you've been there, you know how damaging it is. On top of Covid, I had to deal with that as well as having to put my college progress on hold. I'm quite terrible at math. I made it to college precalculus and found that I had failed to learn so many concepts in previous math classes that I couldn't solve many equations anymore. I also have a very difficult time learning math online or by myself. I have ADHD and have struggled with math since at least 2nd grade. Division made me cry. I was placed in the easiest math my high school could offer. I failed Algebra 2 in high school but still got my diploma. I failed college algebra twice. I almost failed trig. I think I'll have to go back to the basics and sit in on college algebra and trig classes for the next year. I've gone through tutors, Khan Academy, etc. My brain is just not geared for math, and I have to get to Physics 4. I don't know if it's worth it. I might be 36 or 37 by the time I get the math done, and I can't transfer without it. I want to be a physician's assistant. I really don't know what to do with my life if it doesn't work out. I have a license to draw blood. As fulfilling as it is, I want to do more than just stick people and run tests. I feel like I have so much drive and potential that's going to waste because of this one obstacle. I have no drive for much else besides music, and my name isn't Shinoda. I could busk as a side-hustle, and that's about it. That would make me happy. I like playing and playing for people, but my main job still wouldn't be enough. "How are we coping?" I don't know, but I'm trying. I've been in far worse situations. Maybe I'm just having a mid-life crisis or something. I'm also thousands of miles away from family that I don't much talk to anyway and have a hard time making friends in this weird place they call Los Angeles.
     
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    Dorothy Perks

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    In a country with a government that only loves to promise but doesn't do the act. There is no faith.
     
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    Dorothy Perks

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    It depends on the government. I don't have any ideas about the president of your country but I think he/she is just protecting his country and having low cases is a good thing.
     
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    Reflectionist

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    I live in a small, conservative town in Missouri, USA.

    I was born with a condition called VACTERL. (Relevant, V, A, T/E, MOSTLY R.)

    I had thirty two major surgeries on vital organs in my torso... before I had even turned 18. Chronic renal insufficiency secondary to uropathy obstruction, kidney reflux disease, kidney stones that had to be surgically removed, bladder augmentation, countless painful tests, end stage renal disease, dialysis. Once, I was woken from a dead sleep in an MRI machine because the nurse didn't take my earring out. I've died in real life more than I've died playing "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker".

    I wasn't expected to live through my first night. Or to Pre-school, or to kindergarten, or to third grade, or to middle school, or to high school, or to college, or to adulthood at all. And as of TODAY, I've now had my renal transplant for sixteen years. Most people know that transplant patients take "anti-rejection" medication. How does that work? By destroying my immune system so that it can't fight the foreign genetic tissue in the organ that's keeping me alive.

    I've been a high-risk immune compromised transplant patient for sixteen years. People have accused me of sitting on my ass, of being a lazy piece of shit, my wife left me for being an 'anti-social homebody', I have ground my teeth to shards in my sleep and have had to have them surgically removed, too. But I figure, you know what? Maybe I am wrong, maybe I could be doing more. And what a time, because there's a pandemic going on, so EVERYBODY will be wearing masks, I won't be the only person wearing them. So I took some responsibility for my life, for my choices, for my own ass...

    And I went out and got a job. My first job, in fact. At thirty-three years old. And I've had it for over a year now, I'm fucking GOOD at my job. I work as a cashier in a grocery store, and I'm a drummer so I'm fast as fuck boi, I have legitimate job security. I'm truly blessed.

    But then

    "Daddy, that guy's wearing a mask! Do we have to wear one!?"

    "No, son. That guy's wearing a mask because his job is making him wear one. But we don't have to, we're normal people, everybody knows the Rona only gets you if you're old or disabled or have a bad immune system... but those people are all sitting on their asses at home looking for a hand-out, and they need to be culled from society."

    "I shouldn't have to wear a mask, I have rights! Look, if you're weak enough that you'll die of COVID, then you probably deserve to die. It's Natural Selection."

    "Oh, look at this guy, what a pussy! The store doesn't make ya'll wear masks anymore and yet, this guy right here is living in fear! THE GODDAMN CORONAVIRUS AIN'T REAL, BUDDY. GET OVER YOURSELF!"

    "You know, it's all Joe Biden's fault. Everybody knows, all of this would go away if we were allowed to shoot democrats and disabled people on sight."

    I mean, holy shit. We have a Wal-Mart in this town - earlier this year they switched most of their human checkers to self-checkout machines and required people wear masks while in the store. So we got all of their boycott dipshits funneling in directly to me.

    And not one person has said, "You know, Jake? I'm so sorry I judged you for doing the masks, germ-x, social distancing thing for the last sixteen years. You were right, this isn't nearly as fun as we've all been accusing you of this entire time. How do you do it? You've been doing this for sixteen years and you've listened to us all bitch and moan and whine and cry because we can't do it for thirty minutes inside of a goddamn grocery store, How do you do it? You make it look so easy."

    "Well, it's not that hard, at least you guys get to have an immune system while you're doing it."

    And if I quit my job, I'm a lazy piece of shit who doesn't want to work. But my boss won't give me more hours, because she doesn't want to kill me, and nobody is going to help me pay for my rent or anything.

    I feel completely fucked.

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    Captain-EO

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    My head has sucked throughout this whole thing. After four months not being able to get into my career field and out of fast food last fall, things collapsed for me. I have some hopeful prospects that I'm really betting on but idk what I'm going to do if that doesn't pan out.

    Sometimes this whole makes me regret going to college or pursuing my passions over something that would be reliable for income and in-demand.
     

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