Know the Signs of Anxiety and Depression

Here’s what to watch for, so you and your loved ones can get the help you need
Author: Rita Colorito

Anyone can experience anxiety or depression from time to time. It’s important to know when to seek professional help, as an anxiety or depression diagnosis must be made by a qualified healthcare professional.

Anxiety

Get help for anxiety when prolonged fear or worry lasts for at least six months. Other signs of an anxiety disorder include:

• Restlessness or feeling on edge

• Irritability

• Fatigue

• Difficulty concentrating

• Muscle tension

• Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

 

Clinical depression

Clinical depression may be diagnosed when someone has any of the symptoms below most of the day for at least two weeks:

• Feeling sad or anxious

• Feeling hopeless, worthless or helpless

• Lack of energy

• Lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed

• Moving or talking more slowly

• Restlessness or trouble sitting still

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

• Oversleeping

• Changes in appetite or weight

• Physical aches and pains without a clear physical cause


Read more

• Putting the Spotlight on Mental Health and Bleeding Disorders

• Finding Their Voices

• The Mental Health Challenge of Inhibitors