Increased irritability with people around you. Fear of stepping outside. A fragmented, disrupted sleep pattern punctuated by particularly vivid and unusual dreams.
All of these are early signs that isolation may be getting under your skin, says Dr Michael Musker, a senior research fellow in mental health and wellbeing at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. For many, this period will bring heightened incidents of anxiety. Others might see their mental health deteriorate, and become diagnosed with clinical depression.
Musker says this anxiety will manifest itself differently for different people.