Transcript for How can you tell the difference between depression and pandemic fatigue?
kind of a big deal. Okay, we have questions. Your questions, and she has the answers, so let's start with the first one, doc, shall we? Shall I avoid seeing people who have not been vaccinated, are they a risk to me even if I have a vaccine? Let's jump in on the second part of that question, first, are they are a risk for you even if you've been vaccinated? Very, very low risk but we can't say zero, right, certainly two of the circulating vaccines, 94%, 95% effective, they're not 100, and new variants coming around so we can't say the risk even after you've been vaccinated is zero. It also depends, the first part of your question, on who you are, if you're at extremely high risk for covid-19 if that low chance were to happen, so this is where you can't say one size fits all. You really have to individualize it. Question number two, how can you tell the difference between pandemic fatigue or actual depression? Really important question. First of all, pandemic fatigue and mood disturbance in general, pretty much ubiquitous, T.J. If you think you have not been affected psychologically by this pandemic, I encourage you to reconsider. We have all lost things, people, and we're grieving that, and it can contribute to anxiety, and depression, every single patient I see is complaining of this. If it is affecting your day to day life, if you are feeling hopeless and helpless, and you really feel that you are at risk of self-harm, get professional help immediately. Otherwise, try to focus on the little things. You know, this is a marathon, not a sprint. So you know, just put one foot in front of the other, do something right now that's under your control, that can make you feel better. It's hard. It's very hard. I actually read a quote today, if you can't be thankful for what you have, at least be thankful for what you escaped. Thankful for what you made it through. A matter of gratitude. We should have a sense of gratitude even for what we don't have, which is a complete different level of enlightenment. Wow. That's Ms. Amy robach. You can continue to submit your questions to Dr. Ashton on her Instagram @drjashton. We want to turn now to
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