Anxiety and depression

Anxiety disorders are often stress induced and can be persistent.  Anxiety may also result from excessive worry about everyday things, whether large or small.  Worrying about unnecessary things may trigger irrational fears, which can become overwhelming. If you experience anxiety, it is common to try to avoid some situations which you think are challenging, in the hope that you will not experience further anxiety.  This may get out of hand as you find yourself withdrawing more from an increasing range of situations.

Feeling anxious can also lead to problems with going to sleep or staying asleep, particularly if your mind is racing and you are unable to calm yourself.

Anxiety can also lead to physical symptoms, such as muscle tension and digestive problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Social anxiety may cause you to worry for days or weeks before a particular event or situation and may result in you avoiding that situation entirely. When experiencing social anxiety it may seem like all eyes are on you, which could result in blushing, trembling, nausea, sweating, or difficulty talking.  Pushing yourself to go through a worrying situation can result in feeling uncomfortable and may cause you to dwell on that situation for a long time afterwards. These symptoms can be very disruptive.  Indeed, they can make it hard to meet new people, maintain relationships, and advance at school or work.


Everybody occasionally feels down for a day or two, but Depression is a complex condition with severe symptoms.  Symptoms of depression can include profound sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, being irritable, losing interest in social activities, and having ongoing headaches.  These symptoms are often overwhelming.  To complicate matters further, some depressed people blame themselves for the way they are feeling. People who are depressed can become very isolated and feel hopeless about their future.

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