How are you handling this isolation we are experiencing due to COVID-19? It’s not treating me that well. You all know that I work from home BUT… I love my Church activities, I can run to Walmart or Dollar General. I can visit with friends.
I’m not doing well emotionally by missing these activities. So, I’m wondering how you are handling it and I have found a things that can help anxiety and depression.
***I am not a DR. Please consult your DR if you are having symptoms of anxiety/depression. There is no shame, I do***
Depression and anxiety can manifest in very similar symptoms, and can, therefore, be treated in much the same manner. With both anxiety and depression, the symptoms are mostly psychological and do follow a similar pattern.
The symptoms of anxiety include being restless, impatient and irritable, as well as being easily distracted. The most common symptoms are constantly feeling “on edge” and a sense of dread.
Common symptoms of depression are low self-esteem, feeling sad constantly, not enjoying everyday life and being irritable towards others. Most people who suffer from depression experience suicidal thoughts or even thoughts of self-harming.
Treatment for Anxiety and Depression
Fortunately, anxiety and depression can be managed by your general practitioner. There are a number of options available, such as anti-depressant tablets, as well as various forms of counseling and behavior therapy.
Tablets prescribed by your general practitioner can be for both anxiety and depression. The most common drug prescribed is Prozac, also known as fluoxetine. Other drugs that can be prescribed include paroxetine, trazodone, bupropion, and sertraline. Obviously, all these drugs have the same outcome of helping you to stabilize your emotions and feel happier and in control.
Counseling can also help with overcoming anxiety and depression. Many patients feel that talking to a complete stranger about how they feel and what their main triggers help them to get their emotions under control.
Cognitive behavior therapy is another option for treatment. This allows you to identify negative thoughts and feelings, and to solve everyday problems without feeling overwhelmed. This form of treatment is carried out online at centers where volunteers and professionals can be on hand should you find yourself feeling overwhelmed during any of your sessions.
With cognitive behavior therapy, you should be feeling more in control after just eight one hour sessions.
It should be stressed that counseling and cognitive behavior therapy sessions are more likely to be successful when coupled with anti-depressant drugs prescribed by your general practitioner.
Relapse in Anxiety or Depression
More people than you would think have a relapse after remission from their mental health issues. This is mostly due to patients feeling better after just a few weeks taking medication, which they then stop taking of their own accord. General physicians recommend completing the full course of anti-depressant medication along with any counseling or therapy which may be prescribed.
It is also important that patients do not return to the situation which originally triggered the episode. The state of mind where the patient is able to cope with everyday life is important to sustain in order to avoid a relapse.
I’d like to say, if you are like me, I’m being treated with a couple of these examples above for my depression. I truly believe in therapy. In fact, as I type this, I’m looking forward to my therapy appointment tomorrow.
While I truly believe in treatment with medication, I LOVE retail therapy too. I do mean that as long as you DON’T GO OVERBOARD. I think a new pair of shoes can do wonders for a girl. I found a 25% sale on Keds that I’m super excited about. I also like shopping at flea markets. It allows me to get out of the house and just walk around and find “goodies”.
I know this has to take place after COVID-19, but don’t forget about friends and family. Have coffee or tea with your buddies. Go for a walk (in those new shoes, lol). Find an activity that you like, that you love. You can text and email your friends too. I’ve done A LOT of that during COVID.
All of you, please stay safe and I hope that you some of this helped you. Telemed is a great service if you need your DR, please remember that. You won’t have to get out and go to the office that way. I know we are all trying to safe right now. You do have to keep your mind well too though.