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2021-12-08 3:57:13 AM  
Sadness is up
Anxiety is up

Depression to the moon 🚀🚀🚀
 
2021-12-08 6:21:40 AM  
I appears my liver has decided it can no longer tolerate my antidepressants. Not really pandemic related, but it still sucks.
 
2021-12-08 7:22:45 AM  
I'm wrecked and farking pissed. It's killing me slowly and there is nothing I can do about it because I do not have the resources required to escape this "Weekly World News" nightmare.

Pissed. Seriously pissed. Where is P'lod when you need "him"? He'd better not be up Hillary's skirt!
 
2021-12-08 7:23:54 AM  
MY ....PRECIOUSSSSSS
 
2021-12-08 7:24:16 AM  
Something like that, anyway...

*huddles in a dark corner, hissing*
 
2021-12-08 7:48:08 AM  
it was poor, with anxiety and crushing fatigue.
it's gotten better by unfocusing on what's out of my control and increasing focus on the things I can control, chiefly, self-care through regular exercise and hobbies.
 
2021-12-08 7:55:41 AM  
I lost my mind during the second half of 2020.  I've got most of it back, but along the way, I've become extremely disillusioned with the entire human race.  I'm pretty sure I'd prefer it if most of them were not on my planet.
 
2021-12-08 8:04:14 AM  
It's worse
 
2021-12-08 8:11:07 AM  
How does a blender transform a mixture of frozen fruit, yogurt, and honey?
 
2021-12-08 8:38:49 AM  
I'm fine, but my wife and daughter's anxiety has ratcheted up to painful levels, making life at home un-fun.
 
2021-12-08 8:42:32 AM  
No idea. I have been distracting myself a lot with hobbies, exercise, and work.

The people in my community have also been quite compliant and our case numbers/deaths reflect that... so I have low anxiety when I go out into the hoards. I can see that if you lived around too many morons you could have a different experience.
 
2021-12-08 8:45:18 AM  
I lost a lot of empathy.  "Just hurry up and die" enters my thoughts more than it used to.
 
2021-12-08 8:48:17 AM  
I was already in a downward spiral so it really hasn't made much difference.  Wheeeeeeee!
 
2021-12-08 8:52:15 AM  
I went from a 45 minute commute to working in my home office. That's pretty nice. Everything else sucks.
 
2021-12-08 8:59:02 AM  
Honestly, I feel like mentally I've made out better than most folks. I was already agoraphobic, so in a way it's almost been comforting that now so many other people know how I feel all the time. People have always asked 'what's that like?' and it's been hard to explain, but now I can just tell them "This. It's like this. *gestures in the direction of everything*".
 
2021-12-08 9:00:07 AM  
I decided to double down - bad enough to have a pandemic ruin what little fun I had from my life that largely focused around travelling abroad, we moved back to boring old USA and formed a babby last year.

Now I understand why so many people turn into suburban drones. Wake up, exercise, work, childcare, sleep, repeat. Every month is just a routine of counting dollars in and out, managing life via spreadsheet.

Even if there were no pandemic, life would be dull - travelling generally sucks with a babby, going out to eat sucks with a babby, and doing anything that I personally enjoy during waking hours without the babby would mean hell to pay with wife. I've gotten shouted at for "enjoying" chores like mowing the lawn too much and choosing that over "time with the family." The one saving grace is that I can't really do the things I'd like to do anyways, so at least I don't feel quite so much like I'm missing out.

I wouldn't call it depression as such. More like...ennui ? Life is a grind and will be for the foreseeable future. My advice: Don't have kids during a global pandemic.
 
2021-12-08 9:01:08 AM  

beezeltown: I'm fine, but my wife and daughter's anxiety has ratcheted up to painful levels, making life at home un-fun.


Then do I have the solution for YOU!

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2021-12-08 9:03:24 AM  
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I'm completely rational & well-adjusted!
Don't let those gremlins living in my underpants drawer tell you otherwise!
 
2021-12-08 9:07:29 AM  
I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.
 
2021-12-08 9:07:32 AM  
I have been sad/anxious/depressed and most of all furious.  I cannot believe that there are so many idiots in our country.  I knew they were out there, but the numbers are astonishing.  I live in Michigan and I am so shocked and amazed at the level of ignorance in our population.  I know there are always stupid people, I am related to quite a few, but the numbers are astounding.

I was thinking that the minute vaccines came out, people would flock to get them.

I am in an area that has increasing numbers every day and a whole lot of people will not wear a mask, let alone get a vaccine.

My kids high school, in one day this week, 12 kids and one teacher with covid.  It isn't even a big school.  Every day I get an email reporting new cases.  But sit in that school lot and see a hundred kids walk in without masks.

I don't know if it is because I have always loved science or just have a lot of common sense, but I don't understand how this whole thing got so blown out of proportion just due to ignorance.

I have this deep seated sorrow because of my loss of faith in humanity.  I thought we were smarter than this.
 
2021-12-08 9:11:34 AM  
what does it has in its hypodermic needleses?  eh?  Pfizerses, my precious?
 
2021-12-08 9:13:52 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I lost a lot of empathy.  "Just hurry up and die" enters my thoughts more than it used to.


Same. That and I read obituaries and social media pleas for GoFundMe with the reaction of, "Oh well, bye-bye".

The me of only two or three years ago would be absolutely disgusted by this.
 
2021-12-08 9:13:55 AM  

Aar1012: Sadness is up
Anxiety is up

Depression to the moon 🚀🚀🚀


This
 
2021-12-08 9:14:47 AM  

Wobambo: I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.


I'm in
 
2021-12-08 9:18:59 AM  
Instead of lifting weights as usual, I spent an hour this morning sitting in the dark and thinking about how pointless my life is.

I'm in this bizarre place where I drive an hour to an office but all the work I do doesn't involve anyone there so I drive an hour to work remotely and I hate working remotely because my job is 90% self contained.  I'm not a big fan of people, but I farking NEED to at least have a sense that anything I do has any impact on other people.  I just work in isolation and only get a handful of questions once per month after the reports go out.  Even if I worked in retail at least the direct concept that things I do on a daily basis actually impact something would exist.
 
2021-12-08 9:24:21 AM  

Wobambo: I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.


Is this a religion thing or sex thing? It won't affect my answer, just what I will wear.
 
2021-12-08 9:24:38 AM  
To be fair, I was going down hill for at least four years before all this hit but COVID has definitely sped up the process. I had this stupid belief that the racists and anti-scientists were on the fringe of things. A small group, yes, vocal at times, but nowhere near the "smart" majority population. I learned quick that was a complete fallacy. If anything, the hatred and evil are closer to most of the human population than just a minority. I've lost all will to even get up in the morning, so afraid of what I'll see or have to deal with that day. I continue to mourn my loss of innocence and no longer believe in the human race. My son is afraid to come out of his room most days. He used to love school and learning but now he hates it, hates having to dealing with the idiocy of the world and I am totally with him. It's exhausting both mentally and physically. The world has become a daily torture now that will slowly kill me. Thank you, you racists, anti-vaxxer, science-denier, heartless, money-grabbing farks!!
 
2021-12-08 9:26:55 AM  

Aar1012: Sadness is up
Anxiety is up

Depression to the moon 🚀🚀🚀


Same here. Except for me its anxiety to the moon.  Financial anxiety.

Husband was unemployed from March '20 till Sept 21.  University kept doing the "you're coming back next semester" game.  He ran out of unemployment in March 21.  Was plugging the shortfall for 18 months with savings.  Shortfall got larger when unemployment ran out.

Savings are gone. Sold one of the two cars. Looking at declaring bankruptcy.  Landlord is being a dick - We've never fallen a month behind but have had to pay rent in installments over the course of the month for most months of late... seems they've had it, despite all the lip service of "talk to us, we're here for you during this difficult time".

We don't even have the money to move!  Rental applications cost money, our credit is shot and we most definitely don't have security and first month on hand....
 
2021-12-08 9:30:15 AM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Wobambo: I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.

I'm in


Surprised by how much traction my cult idea is getting on Fark. Started as a joke about the CE-5 Protocols (pseudo-sciencey stuff about contacting aliens via group meditation) and wanting to hitch a ride off this rock. Mix in a bit of Altered Carbon's Envoys and Buddhism stuff and I'll have quite the stew going.
 
2021-12-08 9:33:53 AM  
I'm completely out of gas and stir crazy. Work has been stressful, my partner is stuck with workaholic hours, and I'm trying my best to pick up the slack. But, we're still employed and have been through the madness, so we're grateful for that.

I need time to recharge. But, we're very risk averse in my house (at risk family members) and staycations don't work. I get sucked into family things or house projects. Not replacing-the-ugly-cabinets projects. Time sensitive, too expensive to call a contractor, types of projects that take up weekends for months at a time.

Even when there's time to relax and put on a movie, someone or something demands attention this instant, which just craters what little good mood I managed to cultivate.

And the new variant is here. And the Nth wave is here. And student loans are about to bite again.
 
2021-12-08 9:35:20 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Rapmaster2000: I lost a lot of empathy.  "Just hurry up and die" enters my thoughts more than it used to.

Same. That and I read obituaries and social media pleas for GoFundMe with the reaction of, "Oh well, bye-bye".

The me of only two or three years ago would be absolutely disgusted by this.


For me, it was the tacit understanding that many people actively wished to harm me to signal allegiance to someone or something else.  Their lack of empathy for me was returned in kind.
 
2021-12-08 9:36:07 AM  
Guess I'm Mr Opposite.  About a year ago I figured out that it was a case of depression I have been dealing with the last 35 years (I'm slow to pick up on things), and got some meds to help me out. I don't have it bad like many do, but enough that I needed an assist.

I am "essential", so a paycheck has not been an issue.

I took up hiking in the Spring, and that is where I decompress.  I often do 10 to 15 miles and never see anyone other than the local fauna. One nice thing about living in hillbilly country is there are so many trails you can hike years without repeating one.

So I have been lucky. I wish nothing but strength and better times ahead for those of you that are struggling these days.
 
2021-12-08 9:44:02 AM  

Shaggy_C: I decided to double down - bad enough to have a pandemic ruin what little fun I had from my life that largely focused around travelling abroad, we moved back to boring old USA and formed a babby last year.


You just need to be patient.  In about two years, you need to reclaim your inner child and have fun with the kid.  Play with play dough, fly around the room with your arms as wings, get a wooden spoon and beat on a pan, have FUN with the kid.  Babies are a pain in the butt, but little kids are a blast.  Your time will come.
 
2021-12-08 9:44:36 AM  

SBinRR: Guess I'm Mr Opposite.  About a year ago I figured out that it was a case of depression I have been dealing with the last 35 years (I'm slow to pick up on things), and got some meds to help me out. I don't have it bad like many do, but enough that I needed an assist.

I am "essential", so a paycheck has not been an issue.

I took up hiking in the Spring, and that is where I decompress.  I often do 10 to 15 miles and never see anyone other than the local fauna. One nice thing about living in hillbilly country is there are so many trails you can hike years without repeating one.

So I have been lucky. I wish nothing but strength and better times ahead for those of you that are struggling these days.


Thank you
 
2021-12-08 9:46:25 AM  

Wobambo: Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Wobambo: I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.

I'm in

Surprised by how much traction my cult idea is getting on Fark. Started as a joke about the CE-5 Protocols (pseudo-sciencey stuff about contacting aliens via group meditation) and wanting to hitch a ride off this rock. Mix in a bit of Altered Carbon's Envoys and Buddhism stuff and I'll have quite the stew going.


Ixnay on the ultcay, it'll hurt your tax exempt status.  You're a highly spiritual organization, whose mission is uplifting humanity, shining a light into the lives of the helpless and the hopeless.  For a small donation.
 
2021-12-08 9:46:43 AM  
I can't really discern the passage of time anymore. Seasons change but everything feels the same. Yesterday could have been a year ago, it's all compressed and weird.
 
2021-12-08 9:47:55 AM  
It was really stressful for me for the first little while. Much better now. I've never liked crowds and people in general so that has been good. I miss a few friends and family members but that is about it. I've always worked mostly remotely anyway, but do miss heading into the orifice one in a while to chat with actual humans. Only downside is that both I and Mrs moholo work from home. It can be a bit suffocating to be around each other all the farking time. Luckily we have separate home offices (mine being in the basement next to the laundry room and cat litter box...oh well.
 
2021-12-08 9:53:49 AM  

Rapmaster2000: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Rapmaster2000: I lost a lot of empathy.  "Just hurry up and die" enters my thoughts more than it used to.

Same. That and I read obituaries and social media pleas for GoFundMe with the reaction of, "Oh well, bye-bye".

The me of only two or three years ago would be absolutely disgusted by this.

For me, it was the tacit understanding that many people actively wished to harm me to signal allegiance to someone or something else.  Their lack of empathy for me was returned in kind.


That's why I'm currently okay with it: Oh well. You made the choice to die on a very sad little hill. There are countless better uses of my time and energy than mourning your sorry ass.

It's necessary to stay sane these days. However, it's not something I would've been okay with a couple of years ago.
 
2021-12-08 10:00:32 AM  
Me in 2020:
Sure, doom-scrolling Fark is bad for my mental health.
But have you seen the quality of doom, lately?



/Literally sobbed with relief when they call they finally called the election on 11/7
//Vaxed & relaxed
 
2021-12-08 10:00:34 AM  
I am now an expert on who delivers, what they deliver and the average delivery time.
I am also working on my degree in streaming services and an independent study of what times self-serve gas stations are the least crowded.
 
2021-12-08 10:03:41 AM  
I feel strangely ok. I switched jobs right at the beginning of the pandemic ( the NBA went on hiatus) on my second day at the new job. I'm in a new career where I focus on helping people, so I get fulfillment that way. The only thing I have now is a strong distaste for crowds. My wife, on the other hand, is just starting to mend. She spent two years on the COVID floor at her hospital as an RN and  probably now has PTSD from it. She has more than a dislike for crowds, it's given her flat out anxiety attacks.
 
2021-12-08 10:08:19 AM  
. How has the pandemic transformed your own mental health?

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Before the pandemic I already suffered from things akin to anxiety and depression (I've never been formally diagnosed, and have actively avoided being diagnosed with depression because it'd mean I can't do something I want to do in the future), and I'd been through a programme of counselling; and even pre-pandemic I was somewhat seriously thinking about running away to a cult commune, at least for a time - and if they practised free love at least there'd be a chance that I'd lose my 'V' :) (and I recognise that it wouldn't be a high chance... :P )

Mostly the pandemic has accentuated those negatives - particularly because I've often been stuck with my... rather right wing... family - and I'm now going through a programme of intensive counselling (although, to be honest, I think it's a waste of time for everybody involved - I think that my problems will be solved by having security/stability/worth to other people/getting laid, not by having yet another group Zoom meeting about my childhood)
 
2021-12-08 10:20:59 AM  

Wobambo: Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Wobambo: I was in a weird spot before it hit with frequent panic attacks, extreme anxiety and depression, and agoraphobia already keeping me home (not diagnosed but discussed with primary doc and CPTSD was mentioned). Sure, I've lost all faith in humanity now, but only having to worry about survival provided some clarity which led me to conclude it's not me but society that sucks and I should start a commune/cult.

I'm in

Surprised by how much traction my cult idea is getting on Fark. Started as a joke about the CE-5 Protocols (pseudo-sciencey stuff about contacting aliens via group meditation) and wanting to hitch a ride off this rock. Mix in a bit of Altered Carbon's Envoys and Buddhism stuff and I'll have quite the stew going.



You're almost there! Just need to find yourself a salesman.
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2021-12-08 10:21:17 AM  
I would probably be a lot less depressed about the pandemic if it didn't coincide with the rise of the theocratic oligarchy and the collapse of every American governmental institution. If we were only dealing with the pandemic itself, as an introvert, I would be just fine. But it's not just the pandemic; it's also [looks around, waves hands vaguely] all of this.
 
2021-12-08 10:24:21 AM  
It's actually kind of helped.  Before the pandemic, I was desperate to try to stop what we're doing.  I kept thinking that if I said that right thing, made the right points, I could reach somebody.  That we could stop climate change, that we could make a better world, that we could learn how to live with less, and do less harm in our daily lives.

I no longer think that.  I see how it's going to go down.  The greedy and the selfish and going to "win" it all, by killing us all.  Nobody cares enough about anything, except their own comforts, to stop what's going to happen.  And there's nothing i can do and nothing I can say, to stop me from seeing it all.

So I no longer care.  There's nothing left for me to do now except die, because this species is not worth saving.  And Fark will still be talking about how the conservatives ruined everything, because everyone is too conceited to look at anything else
 
2021-12-08 10:25:03 AM  
Basically re-enforced my Cappodocian fiercely hermit ways, so... yeah, going great!

/ my lifestyle should not be normalized. Ever.
 
2021-12-08 10:28:01 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I can't really discern the passage of time anymore. Seasons change but everything feels the same. Yesterday could have been a year ago, it's all compressed and weird.


Me too. I's gotten so bad that I'll put something on the calendar and get the day right, but it'll be the wrong week or month. I've become OCD about triple checking stuff I enter because roughly 25% of the time I get it wrong the first and/or second time. And forget about recalling when something happened in the past few years. 2017 through 2019 are all now "just before Covid", and everything after is "during Covid" to me. Want it more specific than that? "Maybe there was snow on the ground. Or maybe it was warm enough to wear shorts. I don't know."
 
2021-12-08 10:28:54 AM  
It has made me more depressed. But, think happy thoughts.
 
2021-12-08 10:30:33 AM  
The pandemic sucks but it'll be a walk in the park compared to what's going to happen in 2023.
 
2021-12-08 10:32:14 AM  

Rapmaster2000: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Rapmaster2000: I lost a lot of empathy.  "Just hurry up and die" enters my thoughts more than it used to.

Same. That and I read obituaries and social media pleas for GoFundMe with the reaction of, "Oh well, bye-bye".

The me of only two or three years ago would be absolutely disgusted by this.

For me, it was the tacit understanding that many people actively wished to harm me to signal allegiance to someone or something else.  Their lack of empathy for me was returned in kind.


That's very well put.
 
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