Anxiety and Depression
Stress needs no explanation; it is something that we all experience now and then.
It is an inevitable and normal part of life. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires a physical, mental, or emotional adjustment or response. Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. It is the displeasing feeling of fear and concern. Anxiety and stress are interlinked. Actually anxiety and stress go hand in hand. It’s important to find ways to reduce stress and anxiety—at high levels they can be harmful and may be associated with chronic disease.
How Stress Causes Depression
The connection between stress and depression is complex and circular. Anxiety or depression can be considered long term stress, and long term stress may be a component of an anxiety disorder. When people experience heightened stress for a prolonged period of time, they often develop bad habits in the way that they behave and think. For example, people may develop even more negative or anxious thoughts over time and this way of thinking becomes ingrained. This leads to depression.
Symptoms of Depression
- Continuous state of sadness
- Significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Thoughts of harming yourself
- Having problems focusing, remembering, or making choices
- Losing interest in daily activities
- Feeling alone
- Being negative about everything
Anxiety and depression disorders are not the same although there are similar elements. Easiest way to avoid depression is to manage your stress. There are many ways of reducing your stress levels. In small amounts, stress is actually a good thing. Without stress, you wouldn’t feel any motivation to make your life better. But when that stress starts to become unreasonable – when that stress starts to affect you every day, causing you to feel sick, anxious, unhappy, or fatigued – then your levels of stress have become a serious problem. Now you need medical advice and go for it as soon as possible.