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Depression and Covid-19

A: It should come as no surprise to learn that a sizeable number of people are experiencing increased events of depression since the advent of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus. The good news is you are not alone. It is not a weakness on your part. These are unnatural times and people are reacting in ways that are unnatural. And, odd as it sounds, this is a totally natural reaction.


The bad news is, of course, that you may be experiencing a depressive episode. What are the causes of this? As with any psychological illness, there can be many reasons. Here are just a few that are caused by this virus:



And here are some ways to modify these triggers:






Of course, if your depression is severe, please seek the help of a professional. All of the good advice listed above cannot alone break the back of a clinical depression. Sometimes we need help. There is no shame in seeking it out.

For more information, here are some videos you can watch: 

6 Ways to Cope With Coronavirus Stress and Anxiety
Stress Release (Fast)- Anxiety Reduction Technique
Coronavirus | Dealing with anxiety & mental health during a pandemic

Good luck!

David Salvage, MD, FAPM

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