Experts share strategies to cope with depression during the pandemic

Posted at 1:54 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 14:54:47-04

WACO, TX — Struggling with emotions, doctors explain, is understandable during such a transitional time of change.

"This is a huge stress that will just amplify those feelings of sadness...If they don’t have the coping skills to deal with that stressor then depression is likely to occur,“ explained Julia Becker, Psy. D. Counseling Psychologist.

Experts say instilling healthy coping mechanisms now can better secure our emotional futures.

“I think it actually took a lot of other people saying you’re not okay" said Giavanni Cotto, an advocate for mental health, describing the first time he knew he was experiencing a valley in his mental health.

“I feel like it’s important to have people that understand you, people who won’t judge you because we are all different, and you can easily have someone who judges you for what you go through, and they can make it worse,“ said Cotto.

Experts estimate depression and anxiety levels across the world will rise due to the pandemic, in both people who have suffered with mental health crisis before, and those who haven't.

Doctors advise creating a schedule to keep yourself on a routine, getting daily aerobic exercise and spending time connecting with loved ones.

“I usually either create something like a video or sometimes I do a song and I don’t write it, I’ll just sing whatever comes through my heart or my soul and it’ll be what I’m going through,“ said Cotto.

"You don’t have to wait until you feel extremely bad to seek help,“ Cotto said.

Doctors advise seeking help if you do not feel your best.

Experts say your insurance provider can help connect you to a mental health expert in your area. For those who do not have insurance, many local clinics have programs or know of programs at little or no cost.

Doctors explained its never too early to reach out to seek help.