Seeking Help for Covid-19 Depression
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.
A Covid-19 depressed person may have feelings of sadness, worthlessness or hopelessness for 2 weeks or more where it severe cases, these symptoms will continue throughout the day for over half the days. Often symptoms might include feelings that you can’t go on living any longer and a loss of interest in anything pleasurable.
Covid-19 depression can be a very difficult illness to live with, it can also be equally difficult to get effective treatment for your condition. Depression is often associated with negative stereotypes and many people are reluctant to seek out treatment due to the stigma attached. Finding the right Covid-19 depression therapist for you can be just as important as finding relief from your symptoms. No two people are the same and it’s important that you find someone who understands how you feel, who can provide you with a good listening ear and who is highly qualified.
For nearly a year I’ve been assisting individuals who’ve been struggling with Covid-19 depression symptoms and would welcome the opportunity to help with any struggles you’re going through due to the pandemic. However, I suggest you do your own research and find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your needs (even if that person is not me). Here are a few things to consider when seeking out a qualified counselor to help with Covid-19 related depression, stress and anxiety issues.
Step 1: You need to consider your own mental health needs
If you are suffering from a major depressive episode, you may want to find someone who can provide you with immediate relief from your symptoms. However, if you are not suffering from a major depressive episode, you might need something that can address issues that have happened in the past.
A great place to start is by talking with friends or family members about their therapist and how they feel about their sessions together. Even if they are not currently receiving therapy themselves, they may already have some suggestions and could point you in the right direction.
Step 2: Make a list and check it twice
Once you have some names of potential therapists, interview them. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that they understand your needs and what you hope to achieve during treatment.
It’s important that you feel safe in discussing issues which could be sensitive, so make sure that the therapist is confidential about their clients. For example, if you have a child and are currently going through a custody dispute, it would not be appropriate for the Covid-19 depression therapist to discuss this information with anyone else.
Step 3: Compare notes
You should also speak with other people about your therapist. Find out what you can learn about them and whether they have insight into their methods of therapy. Have they helped others in similar situations? How would others describe the experience of therapy?
Step 4: Consider how your therapist learns or uses different techniques
Another important factor to consider is their approach to treatment. Find out how they like to help their patients and ask them if there is anything you can do to help your case as well. What are the costs involved and how often are sessions scheduled?
If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in your interview.
Step 5: Research the therapist’s career
Once you have found a therapist who seems to fit your needs, do some research on their background. What training do they have and what kind of experience do they bring to the table? It’s important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and not intimidated, so take into account what their qualifications are. You can see my full education and background information here.
Step 6: Begin Therapy
Once you have found someone who seems to fit your needs, remember to give it time. It will take some time and effort before you can see any results, remember that this is a process which requires vulnerability on your part. You shouldn’t feel judged by your therapist, but instead feel safe to discuss all aspects of your situation.
If you want to overcome Covid-19 depression and lead a happier life, don’t be afraid to seek help. Remember that treatment doesn’t have to involve just medication; there are therapists available who can work with you through your situation and provide relief from the symptoms of Covid-19 depression.