Updated: Jan 14, 2019
May 7th through May 18th is National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, created to draw attention to the issue of anxiety and depression. This is important because, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety and depression issues affect approximately 15 million people over the age of 18 in the United States. Left untreated, these issues can have lingering and harmful consequences.
It is important for family members, as well as those suffering, to be aware of any changes in one’s emotional state so that the issue can be addressed before the symptoms get worse or a relapse occurs.
An important step in awareness is recognizing the signs of anxiety and depression.
Depression can often be confused with sadness, but there is a difference. Everyone feels sad at times, and the sadness is usually short-lived.
Depression is a sadness that lingers and will not go away.
The depression is often combined with acute anxiety and a feeling of hopelessness, making it difficult to function on a daily basis. People suffering from depression tend to isolate themselves as well. They may not feel like being around other people. This can be a vicious cycle for someone who is depressed. Isolating from other people on its own can result in depression or in making depression worse.
Sleep patterns will usually change as well. People who are suffering from depression and anxiety tend to either sleep a lot more or sleep a lot less. This change in sleep pattern can affect how the person functions in everyday life. Another symptom of depression and anxiety are mood swings. Sufferers will often exhibit irritability, anger or profound sadness.
Knowing the signs of depression and anxiety is important because this will be the first step in getting help for oneself or one’s loved one. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or anxiety, please give us a call! Our counselors can help you feel better now. #esupportcounseling