Even if you and your family have managed to escape COVID-19, you may find that you have some of the same thoughts. You have probably done a really good job of masking, sanitizing, and isolating by staying home and foregoing socialization with family and friends. Other losses caused by the pandemic have been extreme. Financial stress, loss of loved ones, grief, isolation, stress, home-schooling...these can all lead to feelings of sadness, lack of energy, loss of control, irritability, changes in mood, and physical symptomatology.
But how do we know if we have become depressed? The National Institute for Mental Health describes depression as a group of symptoms that last longer than two weeks.
If you should feel that you, your partner, children, or other loved ones may be experiencing any of the above symptoms, have a conversation with someone you trust. There are many options for diagnosis and treatment, most of which are covered by insurance. Your family physician is a good place to start. If you are concerned about going to a provider’s office, many are offering telehealth appointments at this time.
The important thing to remember is that you do not have to suffer in silence. Reach out. The Soul Care Team here at Good Shepherd is here to assist you in any way that we can, with information, support, pastoral care, and referrals.