Depression and Anxiety often go hand in hand, and it can be difficult to know which one you have, or if what you are feeling is as a result of both.
This page is to help you determine if you have depression and/or anxiety.
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- difficulty concentrating
- sad empty or lonely feelings
- lack of energy, fatigue
- loss of interest in sex
- loss of interest in things that gave you pleasure
- change in appetite
- avoiding people or things
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- Chronic Depression – Dysthmia is the milder from of depression
- Major Depression or Clinical Depression is more severe than chronic depression. You may feel hopeless and find that all aspects of your life are affected.
If you have depression or anxiety or both, it is important to get help at the beginning. Depression and anxiety, if left untreated can seriously affect the quality of your life.
I have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety – what are treatment options?
The way you talk about yourself, inside your head, may be causing your depression
Treatment needs to address
- how you talk to yourself
- how you think about yourself
- what you do and what you do not do
- how much time you spend in your head going over things that have hurt you
This ensures that the way you talk to yourself inside your head, the things you are doing, and what you replay in your head, are not keeping you depressed.
I have been diagnosed with depression – what now?
Let me explain by using the example of what you are doing right now – you are reading this page.
If while reading this page, you think
- What is the point?
- Nothing is going to help me
- I won’t be able to do it
- What if this does not work for me – then I have no hope left
These thoughts will not only affect how you are feeling right now, but they may also affect what you do. You might feel irritated and hopeless. These thoughts and feelings combined, may result in you
- stopping reading
- stop trying to help yourself (as you are thinking “what’s the point?”)
Would it feel any different if you thought
- It might help me
- I will find out about what works for me?
Chances are you will feel slightly more optimistic and may start to think about what you can do to feel better. The first set of thoughts, stop you from helping yourself. The second set of thoughts, give you a chance to try to help yourself.
This is a very simple example, but try applying it to other situations in your life. What are the typical thoughts you have in your head about yourself. How negative an outlook do you have? Are you harsh or critical with yourself? Do you feel that you are as good as everybody else?
We take most of our thought processes for granted. Never stopping to question whether they are true or not. Maybe you think that that is just how you are. Treatment needs to look at your thought processes.
What you think, you become. What you think, shapes your brain.
CBT helps to make sure that your thought processes are not keeping you down, or affecting your quality of life. You can read more on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy here.
If you are going through life thinking that others have it easier or are better than you, and that you are not good enough, this will affect practically every thought in your head, and everything that you do in your life.
For many of us, we would not speak to a stranger, the way we speak to ourselves inside our head. It is like having your own worst enemy in your head. Bringing them everywhere with you, where they can criticize you, and everything that you do.
When something that we do not like happens in our life, we like to go over it again and again in our head. Analyze every detail, every scenario, and all this does is make us feel bad all over again. You can learn not to dwell on the past, or worry about the future using Mindfulness.
Take a minute, and think about the content of your thoughts. Most of the thoughts we have are to do with the past (that is everything that happened until you started reading this page) or the future (that is five minutes from now and the rest of your life.)
If something good, happens to us, our brain does not seem to mull this over too much. However, if something bad happens, we replay it like a movie in our head. All we are doing is living in our head, replaying things that have already happened in our life. Mindfulness helps us to stop this. To stop living in our head and participate in life.
You can read more on mindfulness here.
Using CBT and Mindfulness to Treat depression ensures that you are not dwelling on the past and takes you out of your head and back into your life. It ensures that you are not speaking to yourself like your worst enemy and have a reality based outlook on what you are doing.