COVD-19 has invaded our society and world. If you are living with depression or you know of someone that is, the article below may be very comforting and helpful:
How can I help a loved one or friend, who is depressed?
If you know someone who has depression, first help him or her see a doctor or mental health professional.
*Offer support, understanding, patience, and encouragement
*Talk to the person and listen carefully
*Never ignore comments about suicide, and report them to their therapist or doctor
*Invite the person out for walks, outings, and other activities
*Remind the individual that with time and treatment, the depression will lift
How can I help myself if I am depressed?
As you continue treatment, gradually you will start to feel better. Remember that if you are taking an antidepressant, it may take several weeks for it to startworking. Try to do things that you used to enjoy before you had depression. Go easy on yourself. Other things that may help include:
*Breaking up large tasks into small ones and doing what you can as you can. Try not to do too many things at once.
*Spending time with other people and talking to a friend or relative about your feelings.
*Once you have a treatment plan, try to stick to it. It will take time for treatment to work.
*Do not make important life decisions until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well.
SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, NIH Publication No. TR 13-3561. Revised 20
A passage from the Bible that has been helpful to me is Philippians 4:6-7:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will
guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus."
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DEPRESSION DURING COVID-19