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Caring For Our Mental Health During A Pandemic Holiday Season

Anxiety and depression as shown in this illustration, March 3, 2020.
Andi Dukleth
Anxiety and depression as shown in this illustration, March 3, 2020.
This Thanksgiving offers us all a unique challenge: how to keep the focus on gratitude, even when under considerable stress. The pandemic has left many of us either isolated and lonely, or, on the other hand, overwhelmed by constant contact with the ones we love.

This Thanksgiving offers us all a unique challenge: how to keep the focus on gratitude, even when under considerable stress. The pandemic has left many of us either isolated and lonely or, on the other hand, overwhelmed by constant contact with the ones we love.

Loneliness puts people at risk for experiencing depression and anxiety, two of the mental health conditions that we've seen an increase in as compared to the previous year. According to a CDC study, more than two in five Americans have said they are experiencing mental health issues associated with the pandemic.

David Peters, a marriage and family therapist who has a practice in San Diego, joined Midday Edition on Wednesday with advice for taking care of your mental health during the pandemic and holiday season.