Anxiety

Do you ever find yourself worrying about tomorrow, or the next event, the next emotion, the next situation to the point you forget to focus on the now, or the now becomes too much. That’s anxiety, regular, uncontrollable worries about different things from everyday life.

Anxiety comes in many different ways, shapes and forms, from social anxiety (triggered by social settings, such as parties, workplaces, everyday situations where you have to talk to someone else) to General anxiety.

Panic, phobias, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and perinatal (pregnancy) OCD, BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder), Health anxiety, Panic disorder are also various types of anxiety commonly experiences through different triggers or after different events.

How someone with anxiety might feel

• feeling restless
• worried
• trouble concentrating or sleeping
• dizziness/heart palpitations.
• a churning feeling in your stomach
• pins and needles
• feeling restless or unable to sit still
• headaches, backache or other aches and pains
• faster breathing
• sweating or hot flushes
• grinding your teeth, especially at night
• nausea (feeling sick)
• needing the toilet more or less often
• changes in your sex drive
• having panic attacks.

Depression

Ever felt so sad that you did not want to function? For days on end, till you stopped getting out of bed? Noticing that one thing you used to love doing, doesn’t even appeal to you anymore? A low mood lasting so long it affects the daily grind. That is depression.

At some point we all experience sadness, long lasting sadness can be a sign of mild depression, mild depression is more common than you realise, it can be in people around us who are still functioning. Depression has many strengths and in its strongest form can leave a person feeling they no longer want to live life. Once a mood starts affecting daily life, that is when we know something more is going on and help should be sought.

• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – depression that occurs at a particular time of year, the change to darker days can cause this.
• Dysthymia – continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more. May also be referred to as called persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression.
• Prenatal depression – depression that occurs during pregnancy. This is sometimes also called antenatal depression.
• Postnatal depression (PND) – depression that occurs in the first year after giving birth

How someone with depression might feel

• down, upset or tearful
• no self-confidence or self-esteem
• restless, agitated or irritable
• guilty, worthless and down on yourself
• empty and numb
• isolated and unable to relate to other people
• finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
• a sense of unreality
• hopeless and despairing
• suicidal.