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Depression, Helplessness and “The Great Pause”

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One thing is for sure: we do not have much that is in our control these days. An invisible virus that could sicken us or even kill us lurks in unforeseen places.

A community-wide stay-at-home order for most of us keeps us stuck inside. A financial crash that is without precedence in our lifetime (presuming most of us did not live through the depression) and threatens our financial and economic stability.

What a set-up for depressed reactions. One big trigger for depression is the feeling of helplessness. In my experience over these many years as a therapist, I have observed that people who have had experiences this feeling in their lives are prone to depression when situations in life seem out of their control.

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