Depression And Anxiety
Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.
People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:
People affected anxiety often find their thoughts plagued by worries and fears. These thoughts can keep them from daily tasks, reaching goals, or enjoying their day to day. Anxiety manifests physically in a number of ways including:
- Rapid heart rate or palpitations
- Muscle tension
- Stomach upset
Diagnosing depression and anxiety involves a psychiatric evaluation and medical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression and anxiety, including:
- Talk therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other methods
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle and mindfulness techniques