Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Covid-19 and Depression



Kudos to Sarah Chrisp for her YouTube Video "My Struggle With Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

I enjoy her videos because she gives tips about developing an online business - and her own success gives credence to her advice. She has a YouTube channel. Her youthful enthusiasm is contagious, which is why I was so surprised at that one video.

She gave a few signs in her life that "something" wasn't right. She said she no longer enjoyed video games, TV, or more than a few pages of a book.

That sounded like something that is occurring in my life...


She introduced me to the word "Anhedonia" which means "...lost interest in activities they used to enjoy and have a decreased ability to feel pleasure. It's a core symptom of major depressive disorder.." (Google goes on to say about its cause: Lack of pleasure can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include overwork, recent tragedy, financial problems, bad weather, and boring activities.)

For some reason, Anhedonia resonated with me: a general loss of interest.

I don't have any of the other symptoms Sarah listed for depression: sleep deprivation, bounding pulse, or an unhealthy relationship with social media.

Hedonic Treadmill

Sarah also introduced me to another word "hedonic treadmill" and the concept behind it. I'm not sure that it's a bad thing. 

The Covid-19 Shutdown occurred in my life some 9 months ago.

I found this: "depression is [the] past, anxiety is [the] future, and happiness is the present."

Sarah's Steps:

  • Acknowledged the stress
  • Ignored the [world? broadcast?] news to avoid heightening anxiety
  • Focused on gratitude - mindful walking


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