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Does Covid-19 Having You Seeing Red and Feeling Blue?

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Americans suffering from mental health disorders like depression and anxiety have more than tripled during the Covid-19 pandemic.  So, if you have not been feeling like yourself, you are not alone.  Financial stressors, social stressors, work stressors, health stressors, political stressors, spiritual stressors can all affect our mental health. 

Humans are an innately social species, so when we need help, when we feel lost, or when we are in pain, we seek to connect with others.  Social connections are a powerful component in our lives, they play a vital role in our sense of belonging.  At a time when we need those connections most, the ability to stay connected has been interrupted by social distancing, isolation, and mask wearing.

All these factors have contributed to many people feeling depressed, worried, and on edge, some days being better than others, yet despite their moments of feeling depressed or worried, they are able to take care of their day-to-day responsibilities.  They may be experiencing an Adjustment Disorder.  But for others their symptoms may be causing significant impairment in social functioning, occupational functioning or academic functioning.  It may be more than “just a bad day.”  If you have had at least a bad two (2) weeks, it is important to take self-inventory.  If you have been experiencing depressed mood, diminished interest in things, loss of pleasure, trouble sleeping, significant changes in your appetite and weight, feelings of guilt or feelings of worthlessness, trouble concentrating or having thoughts about death or thoughts about suicide, for more than a week or two weeks, and these symptoms are causing problems in your daily life, then it is time to ask for help.  You may have Major Depressive Disorder.

The DISGUSTED mnemonic that I developed to help simplify teaching about the major depressive episode diagnostic criteria is listed vertically below as follows: 

D epression -------------------------------------------------   Criteria 1.

I  nterest/pleasure is low----------------------------------- Criteria 2.

S leep disturbance------------------------------------------- Criteria 3.

G uilt or worthlessness-------------------------------------   Criteria 4.

U nusual slowness or quickness-------------------------- Criteria 5.

S uicidal attempts, plans or thoughts of death.---------Criteria 6.

T hinking or concentration problems--------------------   Criteria 7.

E nergy problems or fatigue-------------------------------   Criteria 8.

D ecreased or increased appetite-------------------------  Criteria 9.

The Covid-19 pandemic can cause health problems, financial problems, emotional problems, and medical problems, as well as mental health problems.  Additionally, it has disrupted access to already over-burdened mental health services.  Participating in a research study may be an option.  You may be eligible to participate in a research study at the Center for Emotional Fitness. If you would like to get more information about our clinical research studies for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), please call the Center for Emotional Fitness at (856) 857-9500 or 866 DOC Leon at extension 22.

No insurance is necessary to participate in a research study.  You will be reimbursed for your time and travel once you are accepted in a clinical research study.  Study related medication is provided to you at no cost once you are in a clinical research study.  At the end of the research study, you are entitled to 5 no cost psychiatric sessions with Dr. Jake Rosenberg or Dr. Leon Rosenberg.  Take the next step.  Give us a call at 866-DOC-Leon.

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