For those of us who are vulnerable to feeling depressed, the COVID-19 pandemic poses considerable risks. It’s important to address the emotional dimensions of this distressing pandemic.
Symptoms of clinical depression are exacerbated by social isolation. Obviously, we’re all in quarantine to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Extended periods of isolation allow depression-prone individuals to ruminate on their symptoms excessively. Explore the possibility of journaling; it is an effective means of purging rumination.
It’s important to set goals to accomplish each day, even if they appear relatively minor in scale. Doing so allows for a sense of mastery, during a time when we’ve lost considerable control over so many aspects of our lives.
Sleep and appetite patterns are likely to change during periods of clinical depression. We may find that we lose our appetite, or we may struggle with overeating. Similarly, we could develop problems with insomnia, or we could sleep excessively.
During our imposed social distancing, it remains critically important to stay socially connected. This is even more vital if you struggle with depressive symptoms.
Phone your family members and friends, send others a text, connect via Facebook messenger, do a video chat, and/or utilize online support groups and discussion forums.
Please reach out if you’re feeling seriously depressed, or having suicidal thoughts. This is an incredibly challenging time for all of us, filled with much uncertainty and ongoing questions. Don’t suffer alone, since help is available.