Updated: May 5
Most people are not even aware of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Symptoms of depression and anxiety are the most common symptoms that people experience during times of stress. Although you can go to a therapist at any time, it is important to be aware of the symptoms so that you can monitor yourself and go to a therapist before the problem becomes too severe.
Mental illness. Mental health treatment. Therapy. What do you think of when you hear these words? Most of us immediately think of people who look crazy, are wandering the streets, and talking to themselves. However, all of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. Mental illness can occur when we experience stressful events such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, divorce, trouble at work, or trouble with our children. When these things happen it is normal for us to experience sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, resentment, or guilt. What should not be normal is to pretend these emotions do not exist, ignore them, or try to deal with them by ourselves. Unfortunately, these emotions are normal, common, and we will all experience them at times throughout our life. These emotions are part of being human. We are human beings filled with any given emotion at any given time of day. We cannot choose to only acknowledge the good emotions such as happiness, joy, and excitement. We have to experience all of it.
Many people believe that they are showing strength and courage when they ignore their emotions and try to move forward in their life. The problem is, when we don't process our emotions we never really move forward and the pain stays with us. What many do not realize is that it actually takes more strength and courage to deal with our problems, face our emotions, and feel the pain then it does to ignore it, suppress it, and run from it. But we should not have to face our problems alone. Many of us do not want to talk to our friends or family about our deepest, darkest thoughts and emotions out of fear that we will worry or burden them. This is why therapy with a mental health professional can be so helpful. At its most basic level therapy is a safe, confidential place where you can talk about your problems without any judgment or burdening anyone. Therapy is a place where you will receive unconditional support and encouragement to move forward in your life and to heal. Because the therapist is not a friend or family member they can remain objective to your concerns and give you an outside perspective to help you assess situations in your life a little bit differently. A therapist can provide you with techniques and tools to help you manage your emotions better and deal with problems more effectively and more appropriately.
Here are some symptoms that could indicate depression: Little interest her pleasure in doing things Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much Feeling tired or having little energy Having a poor appetite or over eating Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down Trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed or the opposite- being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in someway Here are some symptoms that could indicate anxiety: Feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge Not being able to stop or control worrying Worrying too much about different things Trouble relaxing Being so restless that it is hard to sit still Becoming easily annoyed or irritable Feeling afraid that something awful might happen Although it is extremely important to be properly evaluated by a mental health professional, these are some symptoms to keep in mind. If these symptoms are present or begin to get worse it is time to make an appointment for mental health treatment. It is time for you to forget what you think mental health treatment means and just get the help you need.
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