There was a study done last year that said that around 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with depression. I can't imagine how high that number is in 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic.

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People have lost their jobs and parents are trying to teach their kids at home.. It's been overwhelming and can lead to depression. We can't forget about all the restrictions that have been put on us because of COVID-19 including restrictions on mass gathering and worship.

Some believe that the economic and personal depression from this pandemic will kill more people than COVID-19. We know about the impact but what can we do? How about getting a depression screening?

I'll be honest, I've never heard of it but today, October 8th is National Depression Screening Day. It began in 1991 when communities, schools, military bases, and workplaces were encouraged to start depression screening.

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Servies Task Force updated its recommendations on screening. They stated that all adults should be screened for depression as part of primary care.

During the pandemic, it seems that depression has ramped up but we don't want to let it show. So why is depression screening important? It can help you make an informed diagnosis and it can help drag the darkness out of you.

In my opinion, this is the most important thing. Don't deal with depression by yourself. We were not created to be alone and the enemy wants to separate ourselves from others.

When we are feeling depressed, we say, "Leave me alone." Wrong, wrong, wrong. That's the enemy and he wants to get you away from others. It's kind of like the lions, looking to separate a wildebeest from the herd. The animal is easier to take down when it's by itself.

Don't be the wildebeest. I know, easier said than done and I've done it myself. Reach out to others. If you don't want to talk about how you feel with them, then talk about anything else.

I know during this pandemic, we are asked to stay away from others for our health. Don't let safety replace your sanity. I'm not saying be reckless but don't be a recluse either.

My suggestions:

Volunteer: You'll be helping others and you'll make some awesome friends.

Find a bible believing church: It's the perfect place to meet imperfect people like you, even at 50% capacity.

Pray: It gives you a chance to slow things down and have a chat with someone who listens and wants the best for you.

Seek professional help: See pray.

Doing nothing is not the answer.