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The Corona crisis is a special challenge for people with mental and emotional illnesses. But there are help and practical tips - which also help others to avoid having a warehouse fever.

The corona crisis is a stress test for everyone. Strict exit restrictions, domestic isolation and news about the rapidly increasing number of infections can be psychologically very stressful and trigger fears in many people. This situation is particularly challenging for people who are prone to depression.

"In a depression, everything negative in life is perceived as enlarged and brought to the fore, including worries and fears as well as worries and fears about the corona virus," explains Ulrich Hegerl, chairman of the German Depression Aid Foundation, in Leipzig. "Those affected can, however, take countermeasures."

Don't stay in bed too long

The foundation has specific tips: The to-do list includes distraction, exercise and talking to friends and family. Thanks to telephone, Skype and messenger services, this is also possible with spatial separation. But be careful: if possible, don't just talk about the virus.

"It is very important not to lengthen the bedtime, because for many of those affected a longer length of stay and also longer sleep do not lead to a reduction, but to an increase in the feeling of exhaustion and the severity of depression," explains Hegerl. It is helpful to get up and make a detailed daily and weekly plan.

Internet program is supposed to help depressed people

But that is precisely what is often difficult for depressed people. That is why Depressionshilfe has developed the free, internet-based program "iFightDepression". The tool is for people aged 15 and over with milder forms of depression. It supports those affected in dealing with the symptoms independently and provides tips for everyday life.

Through exercises, they learn to structure the day and break through negative circles of thought. "IFightDepression" normally requires accompaniment by a doctor or psychotherapist. Due to the crisis, the program is now accessible for six weeks without supervision.

"Naturally large reserves to cope with crises"

Teresa Enke does not believe that the tense situation could trigger a general "wave of depression". The widow of the national goalkeeper Robert Enke and chairman of the foundation of the same name, which is dedicated to the research and treatment of depression, writes on her blog: "We humans naturally have great reserves to cope with crises. That is why most of us will during this State of emergency may be psychologically tense in individual moments, but we have to separate that well from real mental illnesses such as depression. "

Few of them have to fear mental illnesses, but "mental disorders". The same applies to everyone in this exceptional situation: "You have to prepare for it. Then you find creative ways to go on living happily."

Own perception important

For example, you can do something special with food that you put in front of your friends' door. There are tips from the Italian star chef Massimo Bottura, who invites you to the cooking course “Kitchen quarantine” on his Instagram channel every evening at 8 p.m.

How well we deal with crisis situations also depends on whether we feel socially involved. Immo Fritsche, social psychologist at the University of Leipzig, explains: "Research shows that it is our own perception in particular that decides whether we feel we belong socially. The feeling of being an important part of a family, a household or a society , does not primarily depend on how many physical contacts I actually have in everyday life. "

Smile and talk a lot on the phone

It is more a matter of whether you perceive solidarity in such a community and, in an emergency, you can count on a neighbor to bring you shopping. Making such offers can therefore be helpful in several ways.

The tips of the German Psychotherapists Association for good psycho-hygiene also include: "Smile at the people you meet from a distance." Smiling activate areas of the brain that ensure well-being and convey a feeling of solidarity. And: "Also think about single people around you - now is the time for regular phone calls. Taking care of others can be a good coping strategy."