Some days, we feel worried out of our minds—about an event coming up or the mere uncertainty of the future. Other days, we feel completely and totally unhappy—because we’ve received bad news, argued with a family member, or been scolded at work. These things happen. We move through different emotions, some of which are unpleasant, but that’s normal. However, these emotions can grow in severity and signal the presence of a mental illness, like anxiety or depression.
It’s important that we understand the difference between feeling worried and worrying uncontrollably on a regular basis. It’s important that we understand the difference between feeling unhappy sometimes and feeling deeply depressed. Understanding these differences means understanding and prioritizing your mental wellbeing.
You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out.
It doesn’t mean you’re defective—it just means you’re human.”
If you do find that you’re worrying uncontrollably on a regular basis, you might have an anxiety disorder. And if you find that you’re feeling incredibly down and depressed, you might have depression. First, know that everything will be okay. These illnesses are common: Millions of people around the world deal with and manage them effectively. And you can, too. The depression and anxiety therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Cheshire, CT, are here to guide and support you through this. If you’ve taken notice of anxiety or depression symptoms, please consider reaching out. Securing treatment as quickly as possible is super important, and we can provide you with that treatment here at our office or online.
Understanding Anxiety: What Does It Look and Feel Like?
As we laid out earlier, sometimes we might feel worried or unsettled. This is normal. However, it is not normal or healthy to worry uncontrollably on a regular basis. If you find that you are worrying excessively, you might have an anxiety disorder more often than not. Here are some additional symptoms of anxiety to look out for:
- Irritability or moodiness
- Feelings of restlessness
- Racing thoughts
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- The feeling of impending doom
The above are major signs and symptoms of anxiety; however, different types of anxiety have more specific characteristics. Here’s a list of some of the most common anxiety disorders out there:
- Generalized anxiety disorder: This disorder encompasses the excessive worry on a day to day basis about a range of events.
- Social anxiety disorder: As you can infer, this type of anxiety is centralized around social activities. One might experience the above symptoms in a variety of social situations.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another anxiety disorder that revolves around trauma. After witnessing a traumatic event, one might develop this disorder and begin to experience the above, especially when reminded of the event.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also classified as an anxiety disorder, as it is characterized by compulsions and obsessions. Those who suffer from OCD often experience anxiety around the fear of germs or organizing certain things in a specific manner.
If you think that you might have an anxiety disorder or simply that your tendency to worry is getting out of control, please talk to a medical professional. Thriveworks Counseling has anxiety therapists in Cheshire, CT, who can assess your situation and provide personalized help.
Depression: Is What I’m Feeling Normal or Am I Depressed?
As we explained earlier, it’s completely normal to feel down or unhappy from time to time, especially due to a negative or unpleasant experience. However, when these feelings of dissatisfaction or sadness worsen and begin to negatively affect your wellbeing, you might have a more severe problem on your hands: depression. Depression is characterized by deep despair and might bring with it the following symptoms, too:
- Lack of interest or pleasure in routine activities
- Significant changes in weight or appetite
- Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or hypersomnia
- Feelings of restlessness
- Low levels of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
These symptoms can accompany varying degrees of depression. As with anxiety, there are several types of depression, which include:
- Major depression: This disorder is marked by a depressed mood and lack/loss of interest in daily activities that impair one’s day to day functioning.
- Minor depression: With minor depression, one might experience a few of the depression symptoms listed above, but not all, and to a lesser degree.
- Postpartum depression: Postpartum depression is another form of depression that new moms are at risk of developing.
- Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is also characterized as a depressive disorder, otherwise known as manic depression. Those with bipolar disorder experience the symptoms of depression listed above as well as manic highs.
If you think that you might be depressed or have one of the above disorders, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Talking to a medical professional about how you’re feeling is crucial, as it will allow you to obtain the mental health help you might need. Thriveworks Counseling is happy to offer depression therapy, and we can set you up with one of our depression experts today.
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