Depression and Anxiety
Depression is a common mental disorder that can negatively affect how you feel, think and act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems whilst decreasing a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
The symptoms can vary from mild to severe which can include: feeling sad or having a depressed mood, changes in appetite including weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting. Depression can also cause a lack of sleep or sleeping to much, whilst loss of energy or increased fatigue, feeling of worthless or guilt, difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions and also thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression affects 1 in 15 of adults (6.7%) in any given year, whilst 1 in 6 people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. It can strike any of us at any time.
Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil which is often accompanied by nervous behaviour such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is the feelings of dread over anticipated events such as the feeling of imminent death. However, it is not the same as fear which is a reasonable response to a real or perceived immediate threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalised and unfocused. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration.
When you are facing anxiety you may withdraw from situations which have provoked in the past. Anxiety has been linked with physical symptoms such as IBS and can heighten other mental health issues such as OCD and panic disorder.