We all have times when we feel down, but depression is about more than feeling sad for a few days. Depression causes a low mood that lasts a long time and affects your daily life.

A mood disorder is a mental health problem that primarily affects a person’s emotional state. Your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).

dramatic portrait in the dark of attractive depressed and worried man on bed suffering depression crisis and anxiety feeling lost sitting sleepless in insomnia and life problem concept
dramatic portrait in the dark of attractive depressed and worried man on bed suffering depression crisis and anxiety feeling lost sitting sleepless in insomnia and life problem concept

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE

Depression negatively affects people in different ways. It can affect your mind, body and behavior subtly or significantly. You might feel:

Sad, upset or tearful.

Guilty or worthless.

Restless or irritable.

Unable to enjoy things that usually bring you pleasure.

Helpless or hopeless.

You might behave differently. You may:

Struggle to accomplish small things.

Find it difficult to function at work or school.

Find things that you normally enjoy feel like a burden.

Miss appointments.

Find it difficult to make decisions.

Avoid other people, including family and friends.

Be unable to concentrate.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

Experts believe that a COVID-19 infection can affect your mental health in two ways: your body’s immune response to the virus itself and the psychological stress of Post-COVID. Some people may also experience a depressed mood, which can be an appropriate response to drastic Post-COVID health and life changes.

SYMPTOMS

Physical symptoms can include:

Tiredness or lack of energy

Moving or speaking slowly

Sleep problems

Changes to weight or appetite

Constipation

Unexplained aches and pains

Low libido

MANAGEMENT

The following tips may help you manage your Post-COVID depression:

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Talking about how you are feeling to someone you trust or a counselor.

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Getting enough sleep.

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Practicing mindfulness meditation.

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Getting good nutrition.

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Spending time in nature.

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Engaging in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the idea that our feelings, thoughts, and actions are all connected. By changing one of these, we can change the others.

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Staying physically active.

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Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana.

Speak with a member of our interdisciplinary healthcare team for specific strategies to help you manage depression.

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