Mental illness is prevalent throughout the world. In numerous countries and cultures, social stigmas still exist regarding mental conditions, with several folks shaming or not understanding the complexities of different diseases. This leads to millions of people not being treated worldwide for mental disorders that can actually be managed. Anxiety and Depression is very common in our society today.

It is important for you to realize when your mind and body aren’t working as well as they should. Be aware of signs of symptoms of mental and related physical conditions, and consult Pillars of Wellness as soon as possible, so you can get treated before your condition gets progressively worse. Some of the mental diseases that commonly get overlooked and go untreated are anxiety and depression.

Mental illnesses are not a joke

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, anxiety disorders and depression are the most prevalent mental conditions globally and have a huge impact on the worldwide burden of disease.
It showed that 2.1% of the test subjects with anxiety disorders died within a follow-up of 9.7 years, with the risk of death by natural or unnatural causes being greater among anxiety patients than regular people. For subjects that died by unnatural causes, 16.5% of them had depression.

A common misconception is that medication is the only treatment for anxiety and depression. While medication is beneficial in treating these disorders, research shows that cognitive behavioural therapy can significantly help in treating patients, especially in combination with medicines. Call your therapist at Pillars of Wellness now to see which treatments work best for you.

What are anxiety and depression?

According to Healthline, anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to stress. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent type of emotional disorder that can happen at any age. According to the American Psychiatric Association, women are more commonly diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men. You can be depressed if you have anxiety as well.

The American Psychiatric Association states that depression, also known as a major depressive disorder, is a medical illness that has a negative effect on your thoughts, emotions, and actions. It causes sadness and/or apathy for previously enjoyed events and can result in many emotional and physical issues that can affect your quality of life. Mayo Clinic provide additional information if needed.

Anxiety and depression – are they the same?

While depression and anxiety are individualistic, both these disorders tend to share symptoms like nerves, mood changes, and issues with sleep and concentration. That said, each disorder has its individual causes and emotional and behavioural symptoms.

Several patients that have depression come with a history of an anxiety disorder sometime previously in their life. There is no proof of one disorder resulting in the other, but it’s very obvious that various individuals can have both disorders.

Why anxiety leads to depression?

Anxiety disorders can result in horrible fears regarding things that other people wouldn’t usually consider or worry about. While patients are aware that the thoughts are irrational, they are compelled to think these anyways, resulting in a feeling of failure, followed by inevitable depression.

The two conditions are closely linked to each other, and so are simultaneously discussed, diagnoses and treated. The chance of getting depression with an anxiety disorder is high, with half of the major depressive disorders also being accompanied by severe and persistent anxiety.

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

These are the signs and symptoms usually shared by both anxiety disorders and depression:

  • Consistent irrational fears and worrying
  • Panic attacks
  • Prolonged worthlessness and sadness
  • Physical symptoms including arrhythmias, abdominal pain, fatigue, tachycardia, hot flashes, headaches, hyperhidrosis, and breathing issues
  • Insomnia
  • Problems with memory, thoughts, and concentration
  • Change of eating habits
  • Exhaustion
  • Persistent tension
  • Anger
  • Loss of interest in different activities

What are the warning signs of a serious mental issue?

Any patients that are suffering from anxiety and depression should be aware of the following warning signs of a mental health crisis:

  • Poor regular self-care including things like choosing to ignore personal hygiene routines, eating or getting out of bed
  • Indications of abuse, violence, and aggression
  • Sudden and intense mood changes
  • Extreme hallucinations or confusion
  • Talking about suicide or having no reasons to live
  • Misuse of substances like alcohol and drugs

Can these two mental disorders be treated?

Both anxiety and depression can be treated together. There are various efficient treatment plans including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): commonly used to treat anxiety disorders with depression. CBT can help people handle their fears, anxieties, and depressive habits by getting to the root of the problem. Patients can also benefit from learning how to better control their emotions
  • Antidepressant medications: these can be prescribed to help treat both conditions and are medicines that are commonly used in combination with CBT. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are modern choices in the antidepressant medication selection that provide fewer side effects compared to outdated antidepressants
  • Exercise: physical activity can help both depression and anxiety disorders. Exercising produces chemicals in the body that can improve your emotional situation so that you can relax. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a simple ten-minute walk can help relieve disorder symptoms for many hours
  • Relaxation techniques: these include performing meditation and yoga, both of which can minimize symptoms of both anxiety and depression to better your quality of life, as stated in a major research review published by the JAMA Internal Medicine

Anxiety and depression – the road to recovery

Adina Young was diagnosed with depression in 2000. By 2016, she was in poor mental and physical health. She used opioids, drank too much, and suffered horrible breakups and abusive relations that she never got treated for.

Adina was admitted in a psychiatric hospital where it was discovered that she was also suffering from an anxiety disorder. After getting diagnosed and treated with a combination of medication and therapy, Adina was living a better way of life by 2018.

Pillars of Wellness can offer you many effective treatment options including yoga, meditation, talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, so you can feel better and more confident every day. Get an appointment now!

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