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As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, it also induced a significant amount of worry, fear, uncertainty, and stress in the hearts and minds of people. It has also put people who are struggling with depression at a greater risk now more than ever.

To provide some much-needed guidance as we deal with this pressing issue, we have with us again Dr. Jennifer Thomas. Dr. Jen is a TEDx speaker, leadership consultant, bestselling author, and psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Listen in as Dr. Jen gives us an insight into what depression really is, the connection between depression and anxiety, and what the ideal approach to depression should be. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you’ll surely find today’s episode of tremendous value so don’t miss it!

Key Takeaways
03:33 Why depression is the world’s largest health problem
04:44 What depression really is
06:19 The connection between depression and anxiety
07:27 What she has observed in her practice when it comes to depression
09:21 What major depressive disorder is
10:24 The impact of depression on pastors
12:34 What she thinks the ideal approach should be when it comes to depression
14:10 What the rule is when it comes to depression

“What we know is that happiness is not directly related to socio-economic status or availability of resources.”
“Just as diabetes runs in families, then depression may also run in your family.”
“Whereas with anxiety, it’s hard to live with but it doesn’t often take people’s lives.”
“All this loss of security and stability that we typically have here in the industrialised world, then I do see depression as a result of the rug being pulled out from under us, I really do.”
“We’re gonna let people know that you don’t have to suffer through this alone even in the midst of a shutdown. There are resources out there to help.’
“The work of the counselor or psychologist is to help them recognize these automatic thoughts and to try to have a more positive outlook and to increase their ways of coping so when the next cycle comes, they might be able to continue to function.”

 Helpful resources:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Personal and professional coaching sessions with Dr. Jennifer Thomas are available by telephone. For details, send an email with “Coaching” in the subject line to [email protected].

Buy the book “When sorry isn’t enough” by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Jennifer Thomas :  

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