The Finding My Psych Podcast

The Finding My Psych Podcast

COVID-19 Depression: Observations and Management (My Journey)

December 18, 2021

“Adaptive Coping Strategy: Compartmentalize where possible.”

Managing COVID-19 depression symptoms.
COVID-19 Depression

We are all going through so much. Each of us, whether you are a frontline healthcare professional or healthcare leader, is coping with the results of the ongoing pandemic in both adaptive and maladaptive ways. COVID-19 Depression is how we are now conceptualizing what we as individuals are experiencing and what we observe in others. Today, I provide a narrative of my own psychological and emotional difficulties that feel endlessly enduring as we enter the third year of living with this disease.

Episode Outline

Welcome to Episode 61: Managing COVID-19 Depression

  1. What We Do:
    • Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology
    • Providing easily accessible content designed to help you design your own transformative experience.

  2. Today:
    • My thoughts on living into the second year of COVID-19 and the impact on mood for myself and those around me.

COVID-19 Depression

  1. Observations (Personal Experience)
    • Work in healthcare administration.
    • Frontline worker exhaustion.
    • Ongoing hiring crisis.
    • Unions taking advantage of Covid exhaustion.
    • Media taking advantage of fear for clicks.

  2. Presentation and Definition
    • Deep feeling of impending doom.
    • Hopelessness and helplessness.
    • Fleeting thoughts of not wanting to go on.
    • Sleep disturbance.
    • Obsessive thinking – Difficult to refocus on the positive.
    • Physical exhaustion from increased levels of stress hormone.

  3. Maladaptive Coping
    • Increased use of THC edibles.
    • Increased use of ETOH.
    • Bimodal focus – Work and home with nothing in-between.
    • Eating disorder (controlled vs. excess).
    • Purchasing with intent to distract – Brief hit of dopamine.
    • Distracting with anger (at others, politics, etc.)

  4. Adaptive Coping
    • Physical activity (running)
    • Slow activities and food.
    • Media stimulus control.
    • Social support (partner, friends, family, church, colleagues).
    • Compartmentalize where possible.

  5. Your Feedback
    • What are you doing to cope right now?
    • What maladaptive approaches are you buried into?
    • What adaptive approaches are you practicing?