It seems that now more than ever, people are prioritizing their personal health. Whether you’re practicing physical distancing guidelines or asking friends for online exercise class recommendations, staying healthy is critical during this pandemic – including your mental health and emotional well-being.
We’re sharing informative and helpful insight on how to identify and cope with symptoms of depression that may stem from loneliness and isolation.
Communities, families and individuals worldwide have been affected by the social restrictions set in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarantine has also taken a mental toll as many are struggling to cope with loneliness and isolation. Manav Khullar, MD, a psychiatrist with Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento, says it is normal to feel sad or stressed right now because of the many changes we are experiencing in our lives.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, digital resources have provided avenues of connection and learning for children. School, appointments, and friendships now take place in a virtual world. It's no different in health care where virtual visits have also enabled physicians to continue to see patients.
Karl Zeff, MD, a psychiatrist with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group’s behavioral health program, was delighted to find that virtual visits have enhanced behavioral health visits with his patients.
Major depression is on the rise among Americans of all ages, but the age group being affected the most may surprise you: teens and young adults.