It's not a surprise that there is a fear of a spike in mental health issues amid the surge of coronavirus cases and fresh restrictions.
It's not hard to see why there are growing worries for vulnerable people as the latest lockdown measures come into force.
There can't be many of us who haven't been thrown into a sense of depression, if not despair, at the way things are going with the virus here and across the world.
In the first lockdown we were told that there was light at the end of the tunnel if we all behaved ourselves and followed the rules.
But now, even after all the sacrifices that have been made, it seems that the tunnel has collapsed, trapping us all in the Covid-19 rubble again.
Since March I've been comforting myself that if I buckled down to the boredom and stayed indoors, the worst would one day come to an end.
But the prospect of having to do it all over again has left me reeling with hopelessness, mixed with a determination to resist the temptation to hit the drinks cabinet.
A number of people I have spoken to are of the same mind. They are questioning if their actions earlier in the year didn't vanquish the virus, what are the chances of a shorter lockdown unpicking the problem now?
Some of my contacts in mental health say they've already had a large number of approaches from people who didn't think they could cope with even a short-term circuit breaker and believed the shutdown would last a lot longer than four weeks.
I have to say that I share their concerns that all the promises of a month-long lockdown sound overly optimistic, hollow even.
After all, Boris Johnson assured the UK in March that the tide could be turned in the Covid-19 outbreak in 12 weeks before eventually having to admit that he didn't really know how long it would be before the virus was beaten.
To list all his other lies and false promises would need a special edition of this newspaper.
As for the Executive's handling of the latest nightmare nearer home, it was hardly reassuring.
In the end its lack of clarity over the new way ahead only added to the confusion clouding society.
The tinkering around the edges from the Executive left many people unsure about what they could and could not do.
Targeting the hospitality industry also struck many folk as disproportionate.
I had my last supper on Thursday at a restaurant in Ballyhackamore, where hygiene and social distancing measures were encouragingly excellent and made me more comfortable, I have to say, than going to some large supermarkets, where the lack of hand sanitisers, masks and one-way systems often leaves me wondering if I'm facing a game of Russian roulette.
Elsewhere, for the life of me, I can't understand what difference closing off-licences at 8pm instead of 11pm will make.
On top of all the coronavirus contemplations, as the long winter stretches out ahead of us with all its attendant extra health pressures, it only adds to the gloom to think that Brexit is hurtling down the tracks towards us.
Likewise, the American election result could thrust the world into even more meltdowns.
But as I walked through the grounds of Stormont last week for my daily dander on the very day that the Executive was announcing the new restrictions, I genuinely couldn't help thanking my lucky stars that I wasn't up at the house on the hill covering the merry-go-round of chaos.
Reporting on the Troubles and the political shenanigans was bad enough. Trying to make sense of the local and national response to the virus would have put my head away.
I have nothing but admiration for journalists who are locked down but still covering the lunacy.
I had a wry smile on my face at a tweet from Sky's David Blevins on the night of the faffing about over regulations.
He said that if he and my former UTV colleague Tracey Magee had a fiver for every night they spent "waiting in the cold on this hill", they could buy their respective news organisations.
I would have thought that a nice wee retreat in the sun would have been a much better purchase but, on second thoughts, where in the world is free of coronavirus?