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ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Managing Depression

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Overview

Everyone feels sad or down from time to time, especially when something bad or unexpected happens. However, depression is a more serious condition where people experience a persistent, depressed mood or lose interest in daily activities. This information sheet, developed by ASERT, provides some tips and suggestions to help manage symptoms of depression.

Be Active

Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic like swimming, walking or dancing.

Do Things You Enjoy

Listen to music, watch TV,read, draw or play games.

Challenge Negative Thoughts

Try to find other ways of looking at a situation. It may not be as bad as you initially think.

Continue Everyday Tasks

Try to keep doing your regular daily activities like going to school/work, doing chores, and maintaining your hygiene.

Stay Connected

Surround yourself with friends and family to support you. Keep up with social activities, even if you don’t want to.

Seek Help

Talking to a therapist, physician or other mental health professional can help.

Spend Time In Sunlight

Get outside or increase sunlight in your home.

Eat Healthy

Don’t skip meals, avoid alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and minimize sugar.

Reduce Stress

Practice meditation or deep breathing as a way to help reduce stress.

Get The Right Sleep

Sleeping too little or too much can make depression worse, so aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.