SUPPORT FOR SUFFERERS
of depression and anxiety
Feeling sad, anxious or lonely from time to time is normal, especially when these feelings are brought on by circumstances such as losing a loved one, losing a job, going through a divorce, etc. When these feelings are more severe than normal and they seem to persist, even without any triggers, you may be suffering from depression or anxiety.
Depression and anxiety are two different disorders, but it can happen that sufferers of depression experience symptoms of anxiety, or sufferers of anxiety experience symptoms of depression. Each of these disorders has its own causes and symptoms and I offer the support that you may be seeking to cope with, and treat the symptoms you are experiencing.
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What is depression?
Depression can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms differ from person to person. Studies have shown that in men, depression often manifests as feelings of tiredness, anger and irritability, whereas in women, it tends to manifest in sadness, guilt and worthlessness. Adolescents might become irritable, sulky and get into trouble at school.
Depression can best be described as a persistent feeling of sadness. You may be feeling anxious, hopeless and helpless, without any reason for these feelings. Common thoughts of individuals suffering from depression include “I am worthless,” “I am a failure,” “My life’s not worth living,” “Nothing good ever happens to me,” etc.
- Decreased energy and feeling tired all the time
- Loss of interest in hobbies that you use to enjoy
- Low appetite and weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Thoughts of suicide and death
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Difficulty concentrating, always feeling distracted
- In some cases, physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues and pain are also possible
What is anxiety?
Feeling anxious or stressed when under pressure is normal, but when these feelings do not go away, or persist even when you are not in a stressful situation, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is a serious mental health condition that can make everyday life difficult. Sufferers of anxiety disorder struggle to cope as they cannot easily manage the feelings they experience.
- Physical Symptoms:
Panic attacks, racing heart, quick breathing, feeling restless or tense, tightening of the chest, feeling wound up and edgy for no reason
- Behavioural Symptoms:
Individuals may start to withdraw from situations that make them feel anxious and this can impact their work, personal and social life
- Psychological Symptoms:
Obsessive thinking, worrying, feeling scared, always expecting the worst to happenI have years of in-depth experience in working with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, or a mixture of both disorders, and I offer a safe space where you can share your troubles and find ways to manage your symptoms to lead a normal life.
If you feel that you are suffering from depression and anxiety, or either one of the two disorders, you are welcome to make an appointment to consult with me.