Depression & Coronavirus
Can coronavirus make depression worse?
Whether or not you’ve struggled with depression in the past, the coronavirus pandemic may heighten your symptoms. People who are familiar with depression may notice their telltale signs amplifying, while people who have never experienced it before can start to feel the weight of depression. It’s not your fault, and you don’t have to suffer alone.
Experts are calling the COVID-19 crisis the “perfect storm” of risks for depression. We’re suddenly being faced with grief and loss; social isolation; financial stress; and fears about the future, all at once. It is an overwhelming amount of distress for our brains to process. Struggling with depression does not mean that you are weak – it means that you are human.
One of the biggest changes that many of us are experiencing right now is the sense of isolation from our social circles. The support that we receive from our social networks can be a crucial element in maintaining our mental health – so be sure to keep in touch with friends and family, even while practicing social distancing. Call, text, email, video chat – whatever it takes.
And remember, there is a way to feel better. With Alpha-Stim, you can treat your depression safely and comfortably at home, without turning to medications. You don’t have to accept depression as your new normal.
I have a history of depression. How can I manage it in the midst of a pandemic?
Depression can be exacerbated by uncertainty – and there is no shortage of that right now. If you have struggled with depression in the past, you are likely familiar with your own symptoms and can identify when they are worsening. Acknowledging that you are struggling is an important first step.
If you rely on interactions with your friends and family to maintain your mental health, you may be feeling especially hard hit right now with social distancing. But you can still connect with your support system – you may be able to meet with your therapist via telehealth, and you can call, text, email, or video chat with friends and family.
Be sure to pay attention to how you are feeling, and reach out for help. We are all in this together.