MBMPSYCHOLOGY

Maps, MA (psyc), BA, (psyc) 

 Depression & Anxiety

Depression:

Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Mental health difficulties can impact behaviour, emotions, thoughts and physical state. Some of these include;

Behaviour

  • not going out anymore
  • not getting things done at work/school
  • withdrawing from close family and friends
  • relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • not doing usual enjoyable activities
  • unable to concentrate

Feelings

  • overwhelmed
  • guilty
  • irritable
  • frustrated
  • lacking in confidence
  • unhappy
  • indecisive
  • disappointed
  • miserable
  • sad

Thoughts

  • 'I’m a failure.'
  • 'It’s my fault.'
  • 'Nothing good ever happens to me.'
  • 'I’m worthless.'
  • 'Life’s not worth living.'
  • 'People would be better off without me.'
  • Physical
  • tired all the time
  • sick and run down
  • headaches and muscle pains
  • churning gut
  • sleep problems
  • loss or change of appetite
  • significant weight loss or gain

Anxiety

A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. It is usually triggered by anticipation of future events, for example sitting an exam. 

 

Symptoms

  • concentration difficulties
  • restlessness
  • trembling, shaking, feeling faint
  • stress that's out of proportion to the impact of the event
  • inability to set aside a worry
  • unable to relax 
Types of anxiety disorders include;
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Agoraphobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

It is important that you seek professional support and help when struggling to manage your mental health.