Every single person has been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. You may not have the virus, or even know someone close to you that has had it. But one or more things in your life have changed due to this virus taking over the world.
Alcoholism and Depression
From staying home more to being out of work and worrying about how to feed your family, anxiety, depression, and alcoholism have been on the rise this year. The good news is there is help available in your own living room. More doctors, therapists, and counselors have switched to online office hours to meet the demand of more individuals suffering this year. It is easier than ever to find Telehealth therapy for depression.
Admit You Need Help
The first thing you must do is to admit you have an issue and that you need help. Depression is like any other illness. There should be no stigma attached to being depressed or seeking help for a mental illness.
Since things have changed so drastically in 2020, more and more individuals are becoming depressed. Situational depression can turn into long term depression, especially when things in your life do not look to be moving forward or getting better. Some individuals may have turned to self-medication with alcohol. This is understandable, however, not the best idea to deal with depression.
Depression is Not Your Fault
When someone realizes they are depressed, they may start to look for a reason, or come up with excuses. Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain and a result of things that are beyond your control. Therapy is the best way to address depression. And, if needed, a psychiatrist will prescribe an antidepressant or other medication to help even out your mood. Medication will not solve your problems, but will allow you to lift your head up from the darkness enough to help yourself.
When a person is depressed, they may deal with it by drinking more alcohol. Alcohol allows an individual to escape their daily struggles and feel “numb” to what is bothering them. The problem with drinking to cover up your depression is it does just that, it covers up the depression, but it does not help or address the issue that is bothering you.
When you seek help for depression, you will have someone to talk with. A therapist is an impartial person that you can tell your problems to and they will help you come up with a plan to work with your depression. You may also need to see a psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor, and that person will help you decide if medication is right for you.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to get help for your depression. Once you are on your way to getting better, you will notice that you are able to help your family as well. You cannot help anyone else unless you are well enough to help yourself. That doesn’t always make sense, because you want to help others, especially your family, but you can’t help anyone when you can’t lift yourself up.