Michael Dadson, Langley Clinical Counsellor, Cites U.N. Report Linking Youth Depression, Anxiety to COVID-19

Recent International Labour Organization (ILO) Survey Shows 50% of Youths 18–29, Possibly Subject to Anxiety or Depression

LANGLEY, BC, CANADA, August 11, 2020 / EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Michael Dadson is a registered clinical counsellor and Senior Clinical Director of Practice at Gentle Currents Therapy and Neurofeedback in Langley, British Columbia and sees clients of all ages with a wide variety of conditions. The most common mental health challenges causing clients to seek counselling are anxiety, depression, and post -traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Since early this year, Gentle Currents Therapy and Neurofeedback has been treating an increasing number of clients whose mental health has been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Global effects of COVID-19 negatively impacting youth and young adults with job losses and classes cancelled

Dr. Dadson concurs that despite the lower physical risk posed to youth and young adults by the coronavirus, their mental health is most certainly at risk, especially those whose jobs or classes have been lost or cancelled.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) survey report, “Youth & COVID-19”:
The mental well-being of young people (aged 18–29) whose education or work had been disrupted the most since the onset of the pandemic was greatly reduced. Young workers who had lost their job were almost twice as likely to be affected by probable anxiety or depression as those who continued to be employed (23 per cent versus 14 per cent, respectively).

“Know the signs of mental illness,”recommends Dr. Michael Dadson.

Since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdowns and closures, the “old world” of fast-paced, hectic lifestyles leading to stress appear to be ceding to a pervasive sense of uncertainty combined with isolation-induced depression and anxiety.

According to Dr. Dadson:
“If you or a young person you know is significantly more emotional or less emotional than usual, losing zest for life, or having thoughts about death or dying, it would be a good idea to seek counselling as soon as possible. The most important thing to remember as the year 2020 progresses is that we are all connected, and nobody on the planet is immune from challenges brought on by COVID-19.”

Dr. Michael Dadson Advises: Be Empathetic, Not Morally Indignant
The New York Times published an article calling Dr. Bonnie Henry “The Top Doctor Who Aced the Coronavirus Test”, crediting her with decisive action, a calming demeanor, and great communication skills. The people of British Columbia respect her and listen to her signature message:
“Be calm, be kind, be safe.”

Dr. Dadson applauds this approach, noting that so often the news and social media focus on moral indignation, “rightness” and outrage over issues related to public safety when they should be heeding Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice. Says Dadson:

“There is an abundance of moral indignation and a lack of compassion, mercy, and kindness. Everybody wants to be morally indignant. True morality has to be more about compassion, kindness, gentleness, and empathy.”

According to Dadson, there is an opportunity to help promote each other’s mental health at every interaction. Not everybody feels the same way about new rules, social distancing protocols, and masks, but showing respect and compassion for one another is our best way forward in these confusing times.


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Dr. Michael Dadson, Ph.D.
Langley, B.C.
Title: Senior Clinical Director of Practice, Gentle Currents Therapy – Counselling and Neurofeedback Therapy
Bio: michaeldadson.com
Email: info@gentlecurrentstherapy.com
Website: gentlecurrentstherapy.com
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/channel/UCLnx2V8zK9VEg60V5NH2fDQ

Specializing in trauma, anxiety, and depression, Michael Dadson, Ph.D., is a registered clinical counsellor and Senior Clinical Director of Practice at Gentle Currents Therapy, a Langley, B.C.-based counselling clinic. With expertise in trauma, stress, anxiety, and discrimination, Dadson can discuss the mental health impacts of anxiety around the coronavirus and social isolation issues, and how to address issues related to helping children deal with traumatic events.

Michael Dadson has provided clinical treatment to individuals with a range of diagnoses, specializing in trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, male psychology, and relationship counselling for adults, adolescents, and children.

Michael Dadson and his wife, Jeanette Dadson, have also been assisting children with special needs and their families for over 30 years. As a Level III (3) therapeutic foster parent, Michael Dadson has worked with special needs foster children, and has been contracted through Intensive Child Care Resources Vancouver (ICCR). Additionally, as a therapeutic foster parent, Dadson has lived and worked with Caucasian, Afghanistani, and First Nations children who have ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, FASD, major brain injuries and strokes.

Contact Registered Clinical Counsellor Michael Dadson today for information, advice, and insights on COVID-19 mental health implications, risks, community response, and talking to children.


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