Half of Brazilians have suffered from mental exhaustion, says survey
Half of Brazilians have already experienced a situation of mental exhaustion for more than one day in a row or know someone at home who has faced the situation, according to the Datafolha Mental Health of Brazilians 2022 survey. Women are the majority in the group, representing 57% of respondents who declared having gone through moments of extreme stress.
Commissioned by the Brazilian Association of Family, Friends and People with Affective Disorders (Abrata), the survey is part of the Bem Me Quer, Bem Me Quero Campaign: Caring for Mental Health is a Daily Exercise, which marks the actions of Yellow September, a month dedicated to mental health and suicide prevention.
The interviews were conducted between the 2nd and 13th of August this year, with 2,098 face-to-face interviews with people aged 16 and over, living in 130 municipalities in the five regions of the country.
About 53% of the participants responded that they had gone through a period of tiredness and emotional imbalance, which was followed by a feeling of physical and mental exhaustion that lasted for more than a day, or they reported living with someone who felt it.
Recognizing difficulties and seeking expert help are the best ways to deal with times when the stress load is high.Getty Images
But how do you know when to seek help? The quality of mental health is determined by how we deal with feelingsGetty Images
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Mentally healthy people are able to deal in a balanced way with conflicts, disturbances, traumas or important transitions in different life cycles. However, some signs can indicate when mental health is not good.Getty Images
Insomnia: if there is no quality sleep, it is impossible to recover the energy needed to move on to a new day. Sleep disorders are one of the main factors that affect people’s mental health.Getty Images
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Stress: if irritation is recurrent and leads us to have increased reactions to small events, the red light should be triggered. If stress is accompanied by trouble sleeping, it’s time to seek help.Getty Images
Sudden changes in mood: mood depends on different situations, however, if the inconstancy is persistent it can be a signal from the body that something is not right and a change in habits may be necessary.Getty Images
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Memory lapses: if the person begins to notice that their memory is failing in everyday life with very simple things, they are likely to be experiencing an episode of mental exhaustion.Getty Images
Change in appetite: in food, the person who eats much more than he should use food as an outlet to relieve anxiety. Others completely lose their appetite.Getty Images
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Low self-esteem: another warning sign is the feeling of incapacity, powerlessness and fragility. In this case, it is common for the person to feel less important and think that no one cares about them.Getty Images
Neglect with hygiene: one of the characteristics of depression is the loss of the will to take care of oneself. The person usually has compromised body hygiene and loses vanityGetty Images
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Continuous feeling of sadness: unlike sadness, depression is an internal phenomenon, which does not need an event. The person becomes apathetic and does not feel like doing anythingGetty Images
To receive a diagnosis and start appropriate treatment, it is very important to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. As soon as you notice that you don’t feel as well as you used to, look for a professional to help you find the causes of your discomfort.Getty Images
Psychiatrist Fernando Fernandes, physician partner of Abrata, draws attention to the state of mental health of young adults. In the age group between 16 and 24 years, 63% experienced situations of stress and fatigue for more than one day.
“The most recent portrait of Brazilian mental health reveals a perception of exhaustion and emotional suffering. It is necessary to look at the reasons, but also to propose measures to change this scenario”, evaluates Fernandes.
Eight out of ten Brazilians said that moments of anguish and anxiety intensified during the last two and a half years, in the Covid-19 pandemic, compared to previous periods.