As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, so do the associated anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses. For those living in Dallas County, the mental health effects of Covid-19 are just as essential to address as the physical health effects. We may not all have a mental illness, but we all have mental health!
Did you know one in five adults have a mental health condition?
Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is a common concern in seniors and older adults — but it’s not necessarily a normal part of getting older. It is a concern we need to address as soon as we notice possible warning signs.
Warning Signs of Depression
- A change in mood lasting longer than a couple of weeks.
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
- Fatigue and or sleep changes.
- Physical problems, such as stomach issues pain you cannot diagnose.
- Social withdrawal (are you not wanting to check in with your loved ones?).
Risk Factors to Depression
- Genes: Traits we inherit from our family.
- Biology: Balance of chemicals in our body.
- Lifestyle: Poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep patterns.
- Environment: Exposure to traumatic events, sudden loss, and/or unsafe communities.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the listed signs or identifies with the risk factors, get a depression screening. Mental Health America of Greater Dallas offers access to a free screening tool to help you identify whether it is time to seek help.
Visit www.MHADallas.org/help to take advantage of free, confidential screening tools today!