The signs of depression and anxiety can be masked by different habits and lifestyle influences. It’s also possible for only a few of them to present. It is important however to get help for your mental health if you suspect that you, or a close friend or family member is experiencing any of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Today we are going to have a look at what are the signs of anxiety and depression and how they can be addressed.
What Are The Signs Of Depression?
Depression is relatively common and it is thought that at least one in six women and one in eight men will experience depression at least once in their lives. Depression interferes with the usual functioning of your day-to-day life, work and personal relationships and may be typified by
- Loss of confidence
- Feeling sad or miserable
- Inability to concentrate
- Feelings of overwhelm or frustration
Additionally people who experience depression may withdraw from social events and activities, fall sick on a regular basis, feel very tired, experience sleep problems and experience weight loss or gain.
Depression does not self resolve and can continue for months or eve years if it is not addressed. Patients may benefit from mental health assistance by way of cognitive behavioural therapy, medication or a combination of the two.
What Are The Signs Of Anxiety?
Some degree of anxiety is relatively normal, and may concern worrying about day-to-day events and occurrences. Anxiety may increase when we are in particularly stressful situations or going through periods of difficulty in life. Some degree of anxiety can be useful to us, as this “fight or flight” response can help us to avoid danger, but when it is persistent or not attached to any particular stimulus, it can be dangerous itself.
People who experience persistent anxiety will find that it is not attached to any source or cause and that it is ongoing, to the extent that it interferes with daily life and their ability to function through life’s challenges.
Anxiety May Present As:
- Behavioural anxiety symptoms such as avoiding people, events or situations that generate anxious thoughts and feelings. You may be hypervigilant or irritable to the people and situations around you.
- Psychological anxiety symptoms which manifest as persistent worrying thoughts or obsessive thought patterns. You may struggle to concentrate or stay focused because anxious thoughts interrupt you. Physical anxiety symptoms that present in hot flushes, panic attacks, feelings of tension in the body, increased heart rate or increased breathing. You may sweat excessively or have interrupted sleep. You might feel dizzy or experience stomach upsets when going through a bout of anxiety.
For some people, a number of the symptoms may present together and be debilitating and disturbing to your daily life. It is important for your mental health and physical wellbeing that you seek help if any of the signs and symptoms resonate with you.
If you need help identifying the signs of depression and anxiety in yourself or someone you know, please seek immediate professional help: (07) 5613 1531.