Don’t Let Depression Derail Your Year
Depression is usually characterized by “not feeling like yourself ” or feeling lost, but not necessarily being able to identify the cause of these feelings. Unless it’s a true chemical depression due to neurotransmitter imbalances or genetics, depression is usually related to an underlying loss. You may even be startled when you realize that you’ve been feeling depressed for a while. A trained mental health practitioner can help you connect the dots, because depression can almost always be traced back to a loss that you just haven’t associated with your feelings yet.
stability and even the loss of private time because kids are stuck at home. But depression can also come from surprising places, like a loss of hope for the future. You can even suffer the loss of your routine—and the effects of COVID are anything but routine!
Since a key symptom of depression is lack of interest, those afflicted by it may not be motivated to take the steps necessary to relieve it. These steps include getting outdoors, whether it’s a
bike ride, a walk or sitting at the beach. While it’s hot outside, rediscovering favorite music may help.
time, mealtime, clean up your house time, homework time, family time and bedtime. A random sleep schedule throws off the body’s circadian rhythms, which only makes depression worse—or more likely to take hold. Even if you’re living alone, structure matters. For example, schedule
Tuesdays for laundry, Fridays for dusting and mopping and Saturdays for sitting and looking at the ocean.
time “plugged in” to electronics find themselves at even more of a loss, now that school is at least partially online and extracurricular activities have been curtailed. Crafts, games and other activities are essential and doable, even on a budget. The internet is a treasure trove of information if used for good, so skip the endless arguing on social media and zero-in on fun stuff to do! In a family, if the parents aren’t doing well, the kids will do worse. And vice-versa. So, keep an eye on your family dynamics to keep everyone in good mental health.
Some of the most triggering events for depression this year may very well be the non-events—milestones we’ve been forced to miss: birthday, graduation and anniversary celebrations, school dances, family traditions and special once-in-a-lifetime trips with elderly family members.
Keeping a routine helps
provide structure, and it is
something you can control.
Even if you’re living alone,
Joseph Cannizzaro, MD has been practicing pediatrics in Central Florida for over 40 years and is medical director of the salt therapy facility in his practice. As a classically-trained primary care physician who practices functional integrative medicine, Dr. Cannizzaro believes that integrative medicine can bring conventional and complementary healing modalities together, creating a highly personalized and high-touch healing environment. Call the Cannizzaro Integrative Pediatric Center at 321-280-5867 for a meet and greet or to book a session at The Salt Room® Longwood.