Anxiety, Stress and Depression
It is perfectly normal to feel a bit anxious or down once in a while. However, if you experience these feelings often and to the extent where you cannot function anymore then it is an indication that there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Anxiety, depression, and stress are all conditions that can be treated.
What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear and is characterized by physical symptoms for example rapid heartbeat, sweating, feeling irritability, or feeling distressed. There are many causes for anxiety in which substance use could play a role. If we look at anxiety through a relational lens then another way of thinking about anxiety is the physical manifestation of fear. This means that the symptoms you are experiencing are because of a negative experience related to your past. For example, being bullied at home and then go to school where the bullying continues.
Depression should not be confused with short-term feelings of sadness or feeling down. Depression is a mood disorder that can last for weeks or longer. It can interfere with day-to-day living making it hard to cope. There are many factors linked to the development of depression such as life events, personal factors, or changes in the brain. Some common symptoms associated with depression are feelings of sadness, flatness, lacking energy, or feeling tired. Also, increased alcohol or substance use, and sleeping all the time, or struggling to sleep. There is a treatment for depression, reach out to us or contact your GP.
Stress is a physical or mental reaction to an adverse experience. When stress is chronic or long term it could lead to serious health issues. Some physical symptoms of stress are insomnia, frequently getting sick with colds and infections, chest pain, headaches, and having low energy.
Having insight into how you respond to stress could help you build better relationships with yourself and those around you. Self-care is important for stress management.
People respond differently to life events. Learning how adverse events affect you could help to recognise them earlier and respond to them differently.
If you are interested in learning new ways to better manage your stress, anxiety or depression please do not hesitate to contact us.