Anxiety is a can cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. If you are feeling these symptoms, it is possible that they can affect how you feel and behave, and can have physical results. Mild anxiety is common yet unsettling Severe anxiety can be extremely incapacitating, resulting in a serious impact in your daily life.
What’s the difference between what’s considered normal anxiety and when you might need to seek treatment? Many people find that they are anxious before a test, job interview or a first date. This kind of anxiety is to be expected. Anxiety becomes a problem when symptoms interfere with your ability to sleep or function in day-to-day activities. If your response to an event is out of proportion with what is anticipated, you are considered to have anxiety. If this is the case for you, then coping skills include learning Mindfulness, Meditation, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. All three of these interventions help to alter your thought processes and slow down your thinking in order to improve your comfort level and decrease your anxiety.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in your normal activities. Also called major depressive disorder it can affect how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have difficulty getting out of bed, eating too little or too much, finding any comfort in your surroundings or loved ones and you might feel that life isn’t worth living. It can affect, work, school, social activities or relationships with those around you.
Despite the fact that well-meaning friends and family may expect you to “cheer up,” depression is more than just a bout of the blues. Depression may be alleviated with understanding how you arrived in this situation and also learning about solution-focused tools. However, depression may require long-term treatment and medication or both. It depends on your specific circumstances.
It is imperative that when you are being treated with clinical depression, that you find a therapist who is knowledgeable in this field and additionally, it is beneficial to consult with your primary care physician or psychiatrist as well.