Anxiety Depression: Is This You?

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People with anxiety depression tend to over-think, over-analyze, and over-rationalize their brains to the point when it (the brain) lets them down because it is overwhelmed.  They also usually exhaust themselves physically when engaging in these types of mental multi-tasking activities.   So goes the term “Monday morning blues”.

A lot of busy people who cannot fathom the idea of relaxing and taking time of from work, as well as their worries, tend to  start having nervous breakdowns, anxiety depression and even physical illnesses.  If you will not give yourself a break, consider the importance of getting help so you can continue to have a fruitful life with loved ones.  There are actually many available cures and various treatments for treating anxiety depression.

This type of depression is characterized by different types of erratic behavior; this is usuallu due to certain stress  “triggers” that may cause anxiety more and more quickly each time the specific trigger is encountered.  And, some people who get easily nervous over stressful activities are more prone to having anxiety depression.

You may be told it is just a matter of being strong-willed or more up-beat when it comes to facing difficult and stress-prone activities.  Trying to be calm and cool in times of extreme pressure is what can actually save your mental health; “fake it til you make it” really could be a reality.  It just takes practice, practice, and resolve.

When it comes to effectively improving your mental health,  keep in mind that you have to:

  • be totally honest with yourself.
  • assess what kind of depression you actually have (or identify more specifically what is causing it).
  • read and research self-help publications.
  • be prepared to talk to a mental health professional if you need it.

There are several types of depression; following is a brief description/summary of the major types.  If you recognize more of your own symptoms in a particular category you may want to investigate that area further.

Manic or Bipolar depression is characterized by sudden and extreme changes in one's moods;  one minute he or she is in an elevated state of euphoria while the next minute (or day, or week) he or she is depressed to the point of feeling suicidal.  The feeling of being calm and in control is brief and often people who are bipolar are actually more comfortable feeling very down or erratically “high”.  However, do not confuse the word ‘comfortable' with ‘desirable'; people in this state do want help but are led around by their moods.

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Postpartum depression can include anything from a prolonged sadness and a feeling of emptiness by a new mother to a sudden overwhelming depression that can lead to the harem of the baby.  Physical stress during child birth, an uncertain sense of responsibility towards the new born baby, and/or wild hormonal fluctuations can be some of the factors why some new mother go through this.  Early detection and treatment is key.

Dysthymia is a type of depression that may be part of every day, or most (but not all) days, for several months.  The information on dysthymia is a bit sketchy, but it seems to be where a person is often blue with no other obvious cause such as grief, drug or alcohol abuse, or psychotic disorder.  (Sounds like a lot of us, no?)  It is a milder form of depression.

Cyclothymia is basically a milder form of Manic or Bipolar depression except the person is more in touch with reality and the swings are not as severe.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, as it states,  is associated with the changing seasons, specifically by decreased sunlight hours in the fall and winter.  A really quick solution or aid for this is artificial sunlight.
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Anxiety depression, which is actually anxiety and depression, is the condition of being overly anxious to the point of depression.  Anxiety and stress in normal amounts actually protect us. Normal anxiety triggers responses that help a person adjust more to a certain stressful activity like first date jitters or a grueling exam.   “Flight or flight” stress helps you  face certain “difficult situations”;  at those times it a good thing.

Anxiety depression however, is not to be easily dismissed as a “case of the nerves”; ‘anxiety' depression is in actuality an illness that can be caused from the biological makeup of an individual, or a hereditary illness.

Within this category, there are other anxiety-caused depression, each having its own unique characteristics.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD is more complicated;  GAD makes the individual quite more paranoid than usual and anxiety attacks are more frequent, even absurd at times.  People can even be anxious even when there's nothing that provoked the feelings. People with GAD suffer from lack of sleep, are often unable to relax, are depressed, distrusting, and often are in physical pain.  This kind of anxiety depression is curable with therapy and sometimes medication.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder includes having impulses or thoughts you feel you cannot control, such a constantly checking on locked doors, washing your hands, etc.  Recurring worries can be thought of as ‘anxiety depression'.

Phobias are fears of specific things such a snakes or flying.  Treatment often includes facing the fear head on until it loses its' impact.  It is known as exposure therapy.

Social anxiety disorder includes everything from stage fright to extreme shyness.  This is highly treatable with cognitive therapy, which helps one identify negative and useless beliefs, replacing them with healthy thoughts.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is triggered by the memory of a specific overwhelming event; the person re-lives the feelings repeatedly and flashbacks and nightmares are common.  This type of anxiety depression needs aggressive treatment.

Do any of these sound like you?  If you are having symptoms of anxiety and depression that prevent you from enjoying your life, please take the first steps to get help by researching, reading, and ultimately getting the therapy and/or medications that you need.

You are not alone, but you are special.

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