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How COVID-19 Is Helping Bring Depression Out of the Shadows

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Like so many of us “sheltering in place” due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — the new viral strain in the coronavirus family that affects the lungs and respiratory system — I have been in contact with people mainly over the phone, text or through brief chats with neighbors on separate sides of the street.

And while the content of the conversations differs somewhat, I have noticed a similar theme cropping up. Take, for example, a text from a friend of mine who has been working from home for the past month:“I don’t know what’s wrong, but I’m having a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

Showering, getting dressed, putting on makeup — all of it feels exhausting and pointless.” And this, from a fellow student in my (now-canceled)

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