We All Have Mental Health

By Bonnie Cook
April 25, 2023

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, so do the associated anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses. For those living in Dallas County, the mental health effects of Covid-19 are just as essential to address as the physical health effects. We may not all have a mental illness, but we all have mental health!

Did you know one in five adults have a mental health condition?

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It is a common concern in seniors and older adults — but it’s not necessarily a normal part of getting older. It is a concern we need to address as soon as we notice possible warning signs.

Warning Signs of Depression

  • A change in mood lasting longer than a couple of weeks.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Fatigue and or sleep changes.
  • Physical problems, such as stomach issues pain you cannot diagnose.
  • Social withdrawal (are you not wanting to check in with your loved ones?).

Risk Factors to Depression

  • Genes: Traits we inherit from our family.
  • Biology: Balance of chemicals in our body.
  • Lifestyle: Poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep patterns.
  • Environment: Exposure to traumatic events, sudden loss, and/or unsafe communities.


If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the listed signs or identifies with the risk factors, get a depression screening. Mental Health America of Greater Dallas offers access to a free screening tool to help you identify whether it is time to seek help.

Visit www.MHADallas.org/help to take advantage of free, confidential screening tools today!

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