Although anxiety and depression are separate disorders often people with anxiety demonstrate symptoms of depression. Common symptoms are feeling of sadness, guilt along with suicidal thoughts and fatigue. This can lead to physical weakness too. Associated symptoms of anxiety are sleep disorders, irritability and nervousness.
HOW IS ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for the ailment will be done by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist who will ask a number of questions to determine how chronic or severe the problem is, and also, if there are any related issues at play.
HOW IS ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION TREATED?
The most common form of treatment for this kind of depression and anxiety includes therapy. Methods like CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy is taken up in order to understand the underlying cause of the problem so that it can be fixed through discussion. Also, medication may be prescribed for very severe cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
People with depression and anxiety need acceptance and support to get better quickly.
Feeling under the weather lately? Most of us feel sad, stressed, discouraged, or “down” once in a while, but for some people, this mood just doesn’t go away. Don’t ignore the feeling if it is persistent and if it gets in the way of daily living for you may be experiencing depression. There are a few signs to look out for:
• Emotions: Frequent crying spells, an helpless feeling, lack of interest or desire in daily activities, guilty feeling, greater irritability, distance with friends or family, extreme stress
• Behavior: Poor communication with others, neglecting responsibilities, lack of interest in maintaining personal hygiene
• Physical: Headaches, backaches, or any other muscle aches without rhyme or reason, either insomnia or excessive sleeping, lethargy, increased or decreased appetite, gastrointestinal problems
What is important is to understand the difference between feeling sad or upset and suffering from depression. A person may be diagnosed with a depressive disorder only when he/she has been suffering a from lack of interest in activities they loved before, severe stress, or a depressed mood, consistently for a two-week period.
It is important to reestablish connection and communication with the outside world in order to come out of your depressed mood. Friends, relatives, siblings, and parents act as a support network that help individuals cope with depression. Deep breathing along with yoga is great in bringing about muscle relaxation, release of much needed stress and overall relaxation that is required.
On the other hand there are anxiety disorders that may be related to depression. Anxiety disorders may be panic attacks, social anxiety disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), or generalized anxiety disorders.
Some of its symptoms include:
• Extreme and overwhelming panic
• Heart palpitations
• Inability to breathe
• Choking sensation
• Chills or hot flashes
Like for depression, it is vital for you to connect with the world and find relaxation techniques that calm your nerves. You must break away from the constant worrying, obsessing and stressing out, for it only does you more harm than good.
For both depression and anxiety, when self-coping techniques fail to work in light of the intensity of your problem, you need to see a professional therapist who can then guide you to find a solution and fix.
Lybrate has an entire network of therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists all of whom you can access at the click of a mouse across the length and breadth of the country from Ludhiana, Mohali, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai. You can book appointments and consult them online as well. Once you subscribe with Lybrate, you can get tips on how to cope with depression and anxiety on a regular basis.