There’s a SECRET pandemic unfolding – one that’s hiding in plain sight.
It’s NOT the coronavirus, but it’s certainly related.
Because as new research shows, there’s a quiet pandemic of metal health problems brewing as a result of the ongoing outbreak.
People are suffering from fear, anxiety and stress.
And now, it’s leading to something else: Depression.
But today, let me give you what they don’t even want to talk about just yet, much less recognize, and show how to spot the warning signs of this “secret” pandemic in yourself and your loved ones.
More importantly, I’m going to share my own secrets for BEATING the condition without the need for dangerous medications.
How to FIGHT the depression that’s come with the pandemic
The problem isn’t just the COVID-19 infection itself.
Even those of us who didn’t get it… even folks who live far from any of the hotspots… are living with the toll of stress from the news as well as lifestyle and movement restrictions.
Researchers at the University of Washington say isolation, quarantines, social distancing and all of the other rules and restrictions keeping us apart is taking a toll.
And they predicted that the damage could linger for years to come… even after the coronavirus itself is gone.
They didn’t name the at-risk groups.
But you don’t need a degree in psychology to figure this one out.
Families in “shelter mode” together may be driving each other nuts. But at the end of the day, they still have each other. They’re sharing the ordeal and the burden… and time with each other.
Many of America’s older folks aren’t so lucky.
More than 13 million seniors live alone, including HALF of folks over the age of 85 who aren’t in care facilities.
Older Americans living alone rely on visits with friends and family, or outings to senior centers, libraries and such, for their much-needed social contact.
And right now, many of them aren’t getting it.
If you’re one of them, take this time to learn to use the video chat functions on your phone, if you haven’t already, and put it to use.
If you’re NOT lonely, pick up the phone and call someone who is.
And if you’re battling depression… if you just feel “off,” whether it’s because of the news or any other reason, you DON’T have to accept it.
There are natural therapies that can help, including three I’ve recommended to my own patients:
- High-dose methylated folate
- 5-hydroxy tryptophan (aka 5HTP)
- S-adenosylmethionine (aka SAMe)
It’s best to work with a doctor familiar with these well researched treatments.
And don’t forget the basics: Eat better… sleep more… and take steps to reduce stress, all of which will not only help lift your mood but can boost your immune system, too.
A little exercise is another great way to fight depression, and I’ll have another great reason all of us to keep moving coming up later today.
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