Pandemics, like we’re experiencing now with COVID-19, aren’t new, and they’ve historically had profound impacts on the mental and physical health of entire populations throughout history. And this time is no different.
Life as we know it has changed drastically, almost overnight, and many people are left to struggle with:
- > Fear of contracting the virus
> The loss of loved ones or friends
> Financial concerns
> Reduced access to health care
These developments not only lead to higher levels of stress and anxiety, but they can also result in clinical issues with mental health, especially major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety.
Know the signs of depression
Everyone feels sad from time to time, but the symptoms of major depressive disorder are more serious and include:
- > An overwhelming feeling of despair and/or hopelessness
> Loss of interest
> Reduced energy
> Sleep issues — too much or too little
> Cognitive issues, including difficulties with concentration and memory
> Unexplained body aches
> Eating too much or too little
> Suicidal thoughts
If you’re experiencing any of the above, we urge you to seek mental health care sooner rather than later.
Addressing depression during COVID-19
Due to the increase of mental health issues, the CDC released five tips for better weathering the COVID-19 pandemic:
- > Pause, breathe, and take note of how you feel.
> Take breaks from COVID-19 content.
> Make time to exercise and sleep.
> Reach out and stay connected.
> Seek help if you’re overwhelmed or feel unsafe.
When it comes to this last point, we’ve adapted our operations to COVID-19, and we offer telehealth visits so that you can get the mental health care you need. Using video, we’re able to evaluate your depression and determine an appropriate treatment plan, which typically includes a combination of medications and talk therapy.
We urge you to take full advantage of these services as mental health issues like depression tend to get worse if they’re left unaddressed. To get started, contact one of our two locations in Silver Spring or Gaithersburg, Maryland.