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                                               COVID-19

Have you wondered what those initials stand for? I did. I found out that they stand for Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease. The number 19 indicates that it is the 19th virus to come from China. If you have lost your job because of COVID-19, or if you have lost a relative or your own health because of it, knowing what the initials stand for are not going to make you feel any better. Let's talk about some things that may help you feel better.

First of all, don't binge on the news reports. Their focus is usually on those aspects of the news that are negative - as if there is nothing positive happening in the world. No offense to newscasters; I know that you are doing your job. But for those who are bombarded by the constant reports of death, violence and robberies, it can begin to feel like emotional overload. Watching too much of such images and reports can cause a form of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Among the symptoms are depression, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, worrying, and difficulty focusing. But you have a choice. Watch the news reports just enough to be informed. After all, being informed is the reason you watch the news in the first place, right?

Second, fill your mind with positive and inspirational information. Associate with friends and relatives who are positive and who support you, emotionally. This way your focus will be on positive things. Remember, that which you focus on is what will be magnified. So if you're focused on positive things, positive information is what will be at the forefront of your mind.

Finally, it is in times like these that we need to focus on something greater than we are; we need to rely on our religious beliefs. Now is a good time to develop or re-establish a relationship with God. Many churches are not meeting, physically, due to the social restrictions. However, m ost are meeting online. Go on Face Book, Youtube, or Google to find out which churches are meeting online. This way you will find support and encouragement by meeting with a church of your faith.

If you (or someone you know) are suffering from depression, please call us at            (954) 443-2182  to schedule an appointment. Depression is a serious but treatable illness.