By: Jessica A. Conner-Glynn, LMSW / Edited by: Cheri Ambrose (NYCRA NEWS writing staff)
Many of us are working really hard in the same place that we actually live- removing that safe separation between work and home that we once had. The shift in working at home takes away that place to relax and shut down, eventually causing a state of emotional exhaustion from staying ON (and on guard) the whole time. There is also a physical aspect to all this; the new sedentary lifestyle of working from home eliminates the vital energy stimulation from circulation and cardiovascular activity of physical traveling. In addition, self-isolating has induced an unhealthy weight gain in many, also adding to this malaise.
As a professional in practice, my job is to make myself available when someone falls in that space of loss of hopelessness. If I assess that somebody has any sort of suicidal ideation at the end of each session, we do a safety contract. When a safety contract looks like, if you're going to, if you feel scared that you're going to hurt yourself,
#1. Call 9-1-1
#2. Reach out to me (or your therapist)
#3. Call prevention hotline
Not being alone is actually very helpful. When people are suicidal, they're scared and untrusting of anyone- so we take their calls very seriously. I can be on the phone with them and actually, virtually walk them to the door of the hospital, affirming that they're going to be safe.
Can an Ultrasound Probe Scan SUICIDAL TENDENCIES or PTSD?
The medical community continues advancing its efforts to mitigate the health effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to the 'borderless' collective of scientists and regulatory initiatives, infection rates are now showing a significant drop within vaccinated areas. In addition, mental health programs are also working full-time to address the pandemic related spike in DEPRESSION cases. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (9/2020) showed an increase in cases 3 times the national count from pre-pandemic years. Factors such as economic anxieties, social isolation and fears of infection have formed a MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. Additionally, a recorded rise in substance abuse & a surge in violent crimes are also attributed to this pandemic.
Moreover, our advanced information and communication technologies greatly added to the global collaboration of solutionists. As an example, imagine how the Spanish flu could have been better managed in our digital world? A brief view of the limited resources in 1918-1920 vs our current tools of today certainly identifies the difference in their respective end points.
5 WAYS TO MANAGE DEPRESSION THE NATURAL WAY
by: Debbie Falborn, RN (aka The Chaga Lady)
If quarantining or social distancing has gotten the better of you, here are a few tools to help get you back on track.
¡ STAY IN MOTION: go for walks every hour
¡ GET OUTSIDE: sun, air and space are all mental medicines and grounding
¡ MEDITATE: Center the mind from stress, anxiety and depression
¡ LISTEN TO MUSIC: A great way to keep your mind in motion
¡ EAT SUPERFOODS: Diet and nutrients greatly affect mood and perspective
3) CDC: Coping with Stress https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
4) Health.harvard.edu: Could COVID-19 infection be responsible for your depressed mood or anxiety?
5) mdanderson.org: COVID-19 blues vs. depression: How to tell the difference
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