Depression and Anxiety
There are different types of Depression such as Major Depression Disorder (MDD), Seasonal Depression, Depression from a Recent Loss, Clinical Depression and often also associated with Anxiety. All types of depression can affect your emotional health. Depression is a common condition affecting millions people worldwide. Some of these conditions one experiences one time or another in our lifetime. Many cases of depression go untreated and not addressed but it is important for you to understand that if depression is present for a long period of time or you feel is getting worse or grows to be unbearable you must seek help.
Some forms of Depression can commonly be treated for a short term of psychopharmacology prescription medication, counseling or psychotherapy.
Common Symptoms of Depression are:
- A glum mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and anxiety
- Loss of interest in activities or things that used to be enjoyable
- Change in eating habits either loss of appetite or increase in appetite
- Increase or decrease in sleep
- Problems concentrating
- A lack of energy or feeling tired
Anxiety also known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), is a mood disorder that is usually caused by multiple and/or nonspecific issues or problems that interfere with the person’s day to functioning of life. Men, Women, Teenagers and even Children experience various types of Anxiety which can make life very difficult and problematic.
Most prevalent anxiety disorders are usually phobias. Some of other anxiety disorders are: social anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder also known as OCD and post traumatic stress disorder.
Common symptoms and signs of Anxiety are:
- Uneasiness or feeling restless
- Lack of energy, becoming tired easily
- Issues with concentration
- feeling as if the mind is going “blank,”
- Not able to think and feel as if the mind is going “blank,”
- Angry and become irritable easily
- Stiffness in muscles
- Sleep disturbance (trouble falling or staying asleep or having sleep that is not restful).
- Resistance of certain people, places, or situations that remind you of a traumatic event
- Consistent nightmares or flashbacks
- Problems with trusting others
- Excessive thoughts and actions in staying safe or keeping loved ones safe, paranoia
- A tendency to jump and get scared easily
- A desolate feeling of foreshortened future
It is important to be in tune with yourself and understand when your anxiety is becoming worse to the level a panic attack you must seek immediate help.
Common signs and symptoms can include:
- Heart palpitations or irregular beating of the heart
- Feelings like you are having a heart attack: chest pain, chest tightness, pain running down your arms;
- Problems breathing or shortness of breath;
- Excessive sweating of the body such as palms;
- Feelings of nausea or upset stomach;
- Body trembling or shaking;
- Feeling as if you are going to faint, dizzy, unsteady, or lightheaded;
- Feelings of unreality or feeling detached from oneself;
- Fear of losing control or going your mind;
- Numbness or tingling sensations in any part of the body;
- Chills or hot flashes such as a fever;
- Feeling like your being suffocated;
- A sense of catastrophic events forthcoming;
- Fear of dying;