Are You “Sad” and “Nervous” … or ANXIOUS and DEPRESSED?
We all experience varying levels of sadness or nervousness throughout our lives. Remember your high school years? Sometimes we are down in the dumps, plain old tired, or feeling uncertain. Life simply seems too much to handle. You think you’re “sad” or “nervous”, but when does it cross over that gray line into Depression or Anxiety?
You may be experiencing Depression when you’ve had a period of two weeks or more in which you’re experiencing several of these symptoms:
- Problems with sleep
- Problems with appetite
- Decreased energy
- Decreased motivation
- Crying spells
- Loss of interest
- Feeling down
- Problems with memory
- Thoughts of suicide
- Agitation or moodiness
- Anxiety or panic
- Social withdrawal
Your everyday (or nearly every day) worries might really be Generalized Anxiety when you notice some of these symptoms for six months or more:
- Feeling constant worry
- Problem with disturbed sleep
- Feeling restless
- Easily fatigued
- Increased heartrate
- Trouble concentrating
- Physical ailments (GI issues)
- Muscle tension
There are lots of other types of Anxiety as well. If you’re experiencing panic attacks, irrational fears, obsessions and/or compulsions, or if you’re having nightmares and flashbacks about disturbing events you’ve experienced, you may also be dealing with Anxiety.
Let’s take it seriously when someone mentions “I’m crying daily, or I can’t seem to concentrate at work/school”. You are not alone! Millions of people struggle with Anxiety and Depression.
The bottom line is, if you or someone you know experiences various symptoms listed above, it is important to get help. Depression and Anxiety that go untreated often get worse and affect not only the person who is depressed or anxious, but others around them as well.
You need not suffer any longer. You can get help with talk therapy (counseling) and, if needed, medication.
One purpose of counseling is to learn new coping skills to manage the lowest of low times and when worry is out of control. I help my clients identify issues that might be making things worse and help them improve their lifestyle habits such as nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Together, we figure out how their thoughts affect their moods, and how to make the most of that connection.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety, seek help from a Mental Health Professional. Get the treatment you need to feel better and be more effective in your daily life.
Annmarie Legge is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Williamsville NY. Annmarie helps teens and adults take back their lives from anxiety and depression. She also specializes in helping struggling teens and empowering parents. You and your loved ones can start feeling better today – Call Annmarie Legge (716) 204-5552 ext.430.