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County Offering Help for Those Suffering Depression Caused by COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people in their mental state that can provoke depression and anxiety.

During the press conference held Aug. 10, the Imperial County Health Department says that there are programs that people can use if they have been affected by COVID.

Leticia Plancarte, Deputy Director of Behavioral Health said they continue to provide services despite the pandemic using other avenues and keeping their locations open. Plancarte said that COVID cases have exacerbated during this time but they are still working with patients either by phone, in person, or via Telehealth.

“Our staff members are working with patients. Some of them don’t have advanced phones so they can download the Zoom app so we are working with them via phone,” Plancarte said.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on. Changes in sleep or eating patterns. Difficulty sleeping or concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems, worsening of mental health conditions and increase use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

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