Anxiety and Depression2019-02-08T22:27:32+00:00
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Anxiety & Depression

 

Anxiety and depression are two different medical conditions, yet often their symptoms, causes, and treatments can overlap.

In general terms, Anxiety is “worry.” People worry about the future. People worry that something bad is going to happening, or loss of control. While Depression is more rooted in the past. “Why did I do or say that?”

Symptoms of Major Depression

  • depressed mood
  • lack of interest in enjoyable activities
  • increase or decrease in appetite
  • insomnia or hypersomnia
  • slowing of movement
  • lack of energy
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • trouble concentrating
  • suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

For a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, a person needs to have experienced five or more of these symptoms for at least two weeks.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

  • excessive worry
  • restlessness
  • being easily fatigued
  • trouble concentrating
  • irritability
  • sleep disturbance
  • muscle tension.

If you have experienced these symptoms most days for more than 6 months, you can be diagnosed with Generalized anxiety disorder.

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