The stress of COVID-19 is hard for everyone, but the added worries of a pandemic may be particularly hard on those who are already dealing with some form of anxiety or depression. If this applies to you, it’s important to be particularly self-aware and take good care of yourself during this time.
Be vigilant about following your current treatment plan. Continue to take your medication, attend therapy sessions, or take the other steps that your mental health professional has outlined.
Consult Your Doctor
If you have concerns about the effects COVID-19 may have on your mental health, talk to your doctor or therapist. They will be able to let you know what symptoms to watch for, and may recommend an adjustment of your treatment plan to help you cope during this time.
Pay Attention to Symptoms
Be self-aware and pay attention to any new or worsening symptoms you experience. You may find it helpful to record your mood levels and/or symptoms each day. This can help you track the state of your mental health, and may help your doctor or therapist create an improved treatment plan for you if necessary.
We could all use some extra support during this crisis. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or one of our licensed mental health professionals if you are struggling.
By taking good care of yourself, being self-aware, tapping into a support network, and working with your doctor or therapist, you can protect your mental health as well as your physical health during this COVID-19 pandemic.