Episode 229: How Has The Pandemic Affected Our Mental Health?
How Has The Pandemic Affected Our Mental Health?
Dr. Tanaka founded Coronado Psych with the mission to offer clients evidence-based psychological services. She’s dedicated the majority of the last decade to developing and providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and accessible psychological services to patients. Dr. Tanaka specializes in working with young adults, adults, and seniors struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, life transitions, health behavior changes, health-related psychological distress, and her practice offers services to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of concerns. In addition to providing in-person psychotherapy, Dr. Tanaka has extensive experience providing remote psychological services through telehealth.
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want To Miss:
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.
Whether it’s yourself, a staff member in your business or someone you care about, we have all felt the impacts of a stressful year behind us and the pandemic is still impacting lives everywhere. One of the first things Dr. Rika mentions on the show, is how a key part of identifying a concern or issue is to recognize it is completely acceptable to recognize something is wrong and talk about.
Recognizing the signs or symptoms of depression, anxiety or other cues that you or someone you care about may be struggling with.
Anxiety and depression can present differently from person to person. Kids are especially different. Dr. Rika shares some of the ways these symptoms show up and also gives tips on how to determine whether or not something more serious is going on while being careful to let the professionals do the diagnosing.
How to approach someone you care about or suspect may be struggling.
What to say? How to say it without being offensive or making them feel embarrassed. The importance of creating a safe space to share and not feel judged.
Telehealth and Virtual Therapy.
Is it here to stay? Did you know there are some accepted benefits of utilizing this form of help? In fact, you may be surprised to learn that you have access to more options and greater levels of care. Listen to this section to learn more.
How do we recognize the signs of anxiety or depression that could also be related to the pandemic? [4:10]
How should we approach or begin a conversation with someone we care about when we suspect they are struggling with anxiety or depression? [7:55]
The importance of providing a safe space for someone to feel comfortable sharing. The importance of our own “give and take” in helping someone not feel judged. [8:00]
Creating safe spaces while simultaneously maintaining and keeping up healthy relationships. Taking the pressure off and “just checking in.” [10:20}
Virtual Therapy and Telehealth. Why it’s here to stay. The benefits and validity of the virtual experience. It’s just as effective as in person. Learn why. [14:00]
Why talking more about it is best. Helping people help themselves and making mental health an open topic [21:00]
Dr. Rika Tanaka encourages everyone to reach out and talk to a mental health professional if you need to.
She also says if you are in California, please feel free to reach out to her through her website at Coronado Psych or send her an email
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