SOCIAL DISTANCING

Impacts on Mental Health

Student discusses how shelter-in-place affects her mental health.

By Rafael Duran

“Anytime someone says, ‘Can I ask you a question’ [or] ‘I have something to tell you’ in a serious way, I get paranoid and start to overthink so many situations in my head where I eventually break down,” East Bay Arts junior Naomi Morales said.

Depression and anxiety overtook the 10th grade for Morales and continues to affect her. After a fallout with someone who was close to her, Morales began to worry and overthink that more friends would hurt her.

After trying to cut things with the individual, Morales would continue to experience problems with them. It also resulted with her getting anxiety when a friend approached her with a serious tone. 

“Ever since then I would have problems with that person and I just couldn’t handle it, and I know it’s odd but whenever someone tries to ask a serious question or say that they want to tell me something important, I get paranoid and start over thinking scenarios in my head thinking as if they would say or do something to me,” Morales said. 

The quarantine put in place has not had an affect on Morales’ anxiety. 

“[The] quarantine doesn’t really change [my mood] since it happened again recently two or three times [and] because anything can happen. It still happens but depends on the situation,” Morales said.

Though Morales still goes through these things, she has attended therapy sessions which do help her out along with friends that are supportive. Morales says that venting is extremely helpful.

“Thankfully my health changed thanks to my friends who would give me advice, I always keep what they would say to heart [and] going to the therapist works as well, just ranting to anyone in general helps so much. At first, I really didn’t want to put my burden on how I would feel during my depression with others but some understood and was there with me no matter what,” Morales said.