“COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn’t ready for that, either” – The Conversation

depressionHealth care workers, first responders and others on the front lines are at risk for depression from COVID-19. Here, a first responder in New York City is pictured March 25, 2020, outside a testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center.” – AP Photo/John Minchillo

by Jonathan Kanter and Katherine Manbeck

“Isolation, social distancing and extreme changes in daily life are hard now, but the United States also needs to be prepared for what may be an epidemic of clinical depression because of COVID-19.

“We are clinical psychological scientists at the University of Washington’s Center for the Science of Social Connection. We study human relationships, how to improve them, and how to help people with clinical depression, emphasizing evidence-based approaches for those who lack resources.

“We do not wish to be the bearers of bad news. But this crisis, and our response to it, will have psychological consequences. Individuals, families and communities need to do what they can to prepare for a depression epidemic. Policymakers need to consider – and fund – a large-scale response to this coming crisis.

A perfect storm of depression risks

“Most of us know the emotional components of depression: sadness, irritability, emptiness and exhaustion. Given certain conditions, these universal experiences take over the body and transform it, sapping motivation and disrupting sleep, appetite and attention. Depression lays waste to our capacity to problem-solve, set and achieve goals and function effectively.”

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