Anxiety and depression..

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Hi I currently suffer from really bad anxiety hence being awake at this time just wonder if anyone here suffers from anxiety & depression and could you explain symptoms and how you feel so I can figure out if I also have anxiety and depression thanks xx

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    Hi claire, I hope you doing better by now. I have experienced anxiety and depression too. Being prescribed escitalopram and lorazepam to help me to stay calm. One of the symptom I have is feeling so overwhelmed with whatever feeling I had at that moment. For example, if I feel angry, I lose control and started to hit and throw things. If I feel sad, I just cry all day non stop. It does make me feel tired but unable to get any sleep.

    I hope this help. Take care.

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    Anxiety and depression are related, claire. They are both created in the same part of your brain, hence people who have one condition often have another. 

    I was diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 38 years old. I was young at that time (I'm 63 now) so I really didn't think much about anxiety-my emotions were in full bloom and I though a certain amount of nervousness was just my nature. Today, I recognize a lot of what I was feeling back then was anxiety.

    Both conditions are caused by your genetic predisposition and your learned traits. If you experienced a troubled childhood for example, you may be subject to anxiety and depression today because of it.

    Anxiety is really an unreasonable fear reaction. We all experience fear under certain conditions and it's healthy to do so. Fear helps us pump adrenaline in our Fight/Flight reaction to the fear. But, when you feel a fear reaction to a greater degree than is needed, or feel a fear reaction for NO reason-that's anxiety. Your body is reacting is if it needs to fight or run when there is nothing to fight or run from. You're likely pumping adrenaline, your heart is beating harder, your tummy is sucked in tight, you're perspiring more-you just feel anxious and miserable. That's anxiety.

    Depression is more than just feeling down. It drags you to an unpleasant place where you can't function well and you feel absolutely rotten. Depression can go on for days and weeks, sucking the energy out of you and making you perform at a very low level. Your body just wants to pull the covers over your head and hide from the world. Depression can result from a long period of anxiety, as your body 'tells you' that despite all your worrying and planning you're not handling the crisis well. Depression is anger against your own helplessness carried to it's ultimate destination.

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    Hi Claire, sorry to hear you are feeling this way, depression can manifest in different ways, but from experience common symptoms are for loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, appetite changes, low mood and motivation and the severe cases can lead to suicidal thoughts, social/emotional withdrawal. Anxiety generally manifests in states of panic and could be in the form of palpitations, sweating, nervousness, figiting, uncontrollable and/or irrational fear to the extent that this interferes with daily life and often prevents you from doing the things you want to do. Please note that the spectrum can be quite mild to very severe, for myself it completely stopped me in my tracks and lead to psychiatric assistance however everyone is different and you may find you can implement changes yourself which may benefit you such as exercise, but the first and most difficult step is asking for help if needed.

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      Hi Donna, unfortunately it's a very difficult question to answer, if I am completely honest there is no miracle cure or tablet you can take which will make you feel yourself immediately, however from my experience its the combination of strategies that is key. So you may be taking medication for example, plus exercise, implementing routine is very important, socialising with people or surrounding yourself with positive people, meditation, balanced with the right amount of sleep. Plan your next day the night before and keep yourself busy, perseverance is key, I know this seems daunting but when you mentally loose your way, you need to steer yourself back on track. Best of luck and I hope you find the light.

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    I suffer from both anxiety and depression but it seems to pick and choose when it hits me... when it does it hits hard... it’s taken me nearly 35 years (probably about 31/32) to fully realise there’s a problem! 

    Hardest thing for me was recognising there was a problem... no one close to me understands 😕😐

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