Anxiety and depression often affect people in adulthood, however this condition can affects people from all ages. Studies have shown that there may be biochemical causes of this condition such as a reduction of neurotransmitters in the brain. Apart from biochemical causes there are other factors associated with the disorder such as social, emotional, environmental and psychological issues.
Anxiety and depression usually occur together and can be very complicated to deal with. For a long time physicians thought that these two conditions were unrelated, however emerging evidence shows that symptoms of these conditions often overlap. While anxiety makes you afraid and keep you awake at night depression saps your energy. Ian A. Cook, Director of Depression Program at the University of California says that there seems to be a lot of overlap in the underlying brain mechanism involved in both conditions.
Depression is a psychiatric condition characterized by low self-esteem, low moods and loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities .The condition is also characterized by feelings of helplessness as well as worthlessness. Depression usually affects a person’s life including work, family and school life as well as sleeping habits. Depressed people often focus on past events; this makes them feel guilty, fatigued and sad. Most of them have suicidal thoughts and have a difficult time making decisions.
On the other hand, anxiety is a response towards stress and serves to prompt a person to deal with difficult situations. People who suffer from anxiety disorders feel overwhelmed by fearful feelings about what the future holds, as result they feel unable to cope with it. Symptoms of anxiety include hot flashes, trembling and irritability. Other signs associated with this disorder include sweating and twitching.
There are several forms of therapies available that are used to deal with this condition such as interpersonal therapy, psycho dynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. Generally a blended approach is used by a well-versed professional.These therapeutic approaches teach you practical techniques on how to re-frame negative thinking associated with this disorder and use behavior skills to combat the condition. Therapy will also help you to understand the triggers, feelings and symptoms associated with the disorder.
Part of psychotherapy involves learning to accept that as a human being you are bound to make mistakes or fail. Accept that there is nothing wrong with failing while looking at the future with confidence due to past successes
Master the art of forgiveness
Holding on to anger about past events usually contributes to depression. Forgiveness helps you to heal and move forward. Most people often think that forgiveness must involve forgetting what happened and behaving like nothing happened. It is important to note that you do not have to take forgiveness that far to enjoy its benefits.
Monitoring your feelings
Monitoring your feelings by keeping a diary about how you feel everyday is an important factor in managing anxiety and depression. Take time to go through it regularly and think about the progress you have made. Develop a weekly plan to help you get all the activities that need to be done while avoiding working too hard to avoid fatigue which might lead to stress. It is also important to create time to do things that you love doing in order to lift your moods.