The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the U.S. and the world. Normal routines like going to school and work got disrupted, resulting in many people ending up in social isolation, away from those they relied on for vital daily connections. Many teenagers felt the impact of safety restrictions, participating in virtual learning in a remote environment without the interactions and social life that helped them get through the day. You may have wondered if the feelings that arose were just fatigue from the virus or depression symptoms.
What is Depression?
It’s common for people to sometimes feel a little down or out of sorts. Depression is a condition where people constantly experience emotions like despair and hopelessness. You might find that you cannot shake these feelings no matter what you do. Your emotional responses may be something more than you trying to deal with the setbacks caused by the pandemic or other stress. People diagnosed with depression often describe it as a constant black hole at the center of their existence. The mental disorder can bring about a range of feelings. Some people end up feeling helpless and angry, while others find themselves apathetic and lifeless. Depression can progress to where it’s hard to separate the feelings produced by your illness from the reality of your current living situation. Getting therapy in a protective and nurturing environment can help you start getting better by understanding how to deal with your feelings.
How Do I Know if I am Depressed?
Depression can get to a point where it affects everything in your life. It may be hard for you to find any joy in activities you once enjoyed, even on occasions where you decide to break your COVID-19-induced social isolation. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person. However, there are some common signs you can look for in yourself. Understanding how depression manifests can help you determine whether you should seek counseling and other professional treatment for your condition. Signs that you may be dealing with depression include:
- Having a persistently bleak outlook on life
- Not finding enjoyment in hobbies, social activities, or interactions with friends and family
- Weight changes caused by eating too much or too little
- Sleep issues, like sleeping a lot or not getting enough sleep
- Feeling angry or irritable
- Indulging in reckless behavior
- Problems focusing, remembering things, or making decisions
- Feeling worthless or having constant harsh criticism for yourself
- Having unexplained aches and pains in your body
How Can I Treat My Depression Symptoms?
If you suspect your issues may be depression symptoms, it is a good idea to have yourself checked out by a mental health specialist qualified to make a diagnosis. The specialist may start by asking questions about your past mental and physical help. By talking out what’s happening, you may be able to determine if your symptoms already existed and were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once a doctor confirms that you are dealing with depression, they can make recommendations on the best course of treatment. Treatments and therapies for dealing with depression can include:
- Dialectical-behavioral therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
If your condition is severe, your physician may recommend that you spend some time at a facility capable of treating serious depression. That can be especially helpful if you are also dealing with a substance use disorder that may require residential or outpatient treatment.
Find Help for Depression at Destinations for Teens
Destinations for Teens provides a therapeutic atmosphere for young people looking for help with depression and other mental health disorders. We can help you get to the root of your issues and learn how to manage your symptoms while finding healthy ways of dealing with your emotions. Find out more about the services and programs offered at Destinations for Teens by calling 877.466.0620.