If Depression and Anxiety Are ‘Normal’ Right Now, When Should I Be Worried?

December 8, 2020
By Jessica A. Gold, M.D., M.S.

You probably don’t need me to tell you that the pandemic has not been great for our collective mental health. Everyone is feeling it in some way. Maybe you’ve been feeling incredibly sad, angry, or anxious. Maybe you spend a lot of time spiraling about the future or worrying about your safety. Maybe you’re eating and sleeping way more or way less than you normally do. Or maybe you’re having a ton of trouble getting your work done or finding enjoyment in things you used to love.

If you know something about mental health, you might know that a psychiatrist like me would typically consider these changes potential warning signs for mood and anxiety disorders like major depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Especially if they’d been hanging around for a certain amount of time and were different than your normal behavior.

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