Depression and Anxiety
What is it?
Every year, about 16 million American adults are affected by depression. Genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors seem to cause one’s depression. It often goes hand in hand with anxiety. Both depression and anxiety manifests extreme and uncontrollable emotions of fear, worry and panic for longer periods of time. Some of its possible effects on the individual are the following:
What are the signs and symptoms?
Low energy, fatigue
Changes in appetite
Sleeping problems: oversleeping, insomnia, restless, unsatisfying sleep
Cramps, or gastrointestinal problems
Difficulty making decisions
Feelings of emptiness and grief
Anger, irritability, or restlessness
Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness and guilt
Q: Is depression hereditary?
A: There’s a notion that depression can be inherited as brought about by genetic factors that contribute to the condition. But there has been no conclusive evidence to reinforce this notion as the research into this topic is still in its early stages.
Q: How do I know when my anxiety or sadness is already a psychiatric disorder?
A: It’s normal to feel anxious when faced with a confusing situation or to feel sad in the face of unfavorable circumstances. But to have a psychiatric disorder is different in the sense that it is uncontrollable, extreme, and prevails regardless of the present situation. If you feel overwhelmingly anxious and sad everyday, there’s a possibility that it’s already a disorder.
Q: Are the signs of depression and anxiety different among men and women?
A: Both men and women experience depression and anxiety but may usually have different manifestations. Men show signs of this condition through irritability, anger, recklessness, and substance abuse among others. Women on the other hand often feel deep grief, guilt, and worthlessness.
Q: Why is it important that I get help?
A: It’s important to get help because depression and anxiety can be a very frustrating and overwhelming pit to be in. Getting help will allow your hearts to gradually heal as you slowly open yourselves up to others. There’s so much more in store for you when you live a life free from any psychiatric disorder.
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