Anxiety and Depression

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Summary

It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that are difficult to control and interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.

It's possible to develop generalized anxiety disorder as a child or an adult. Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but they're all different conditions.

Depression is a medical condition during which people experience long periods (2 weeks or more) of an abnormally depressed mood with a loss of interest and decreased energy.

Symptoms

Depression includes emotional symptoms such as a

  • loss of interest in normal activities.
  • feeling sad.
  • feeling down.
  • feeling empty or feeling worthless.

Physical symptoms of depression include

  • feeling tired.
  • run down.

People with depression may face stigma or find it difficult to talk about their mental illness. There are, however, specific things you can do if you are helping or caring for someone with depression.

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:

  • Persistent worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events.
  • Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes.
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren't.
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty.
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision.
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry.
  • Inability to relax, feeling restless, and feeling keyed up or on edge.
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank".

Physical signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches.
  • Trembling, feeling twitchy.
  • Nervousness or being easily startled.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Irritability.

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