I dont like it.
You dont like it. And nobody does either. But it happens. And it’s quite normal to feel anxious or depressed from time to time when life hits you with a handful of stress events.
Trouble is… these feelings can become prolonged, or for no significant reason, or out of all proportion to the trigger. The trouble gets worse when these downers are affecting your normal daily functioning.
It’s time they need to be addressed.
Anxiety and depression treatment
Thankfully diagnosis and treatment methods have come a long way, with many public health campaigns working towards bringing mental illness ‘out of the shadows’.
The co-occurrence of anxiety and depression is a noted feature of these disorders. Although the behavioral and emotional symptoms may differ between the two conditions, they are both an unnatural and unwelcome state of mental health. Sufferers experience a constant overwhelming state of fear or worry, and anxiety can also be debilitating in its physical manifestations. The symptoms of depression may be similar with persistent feelings of sadness or despair.
The cause of this mental illness is not so easily identified but it manifests itself in changed brain chemistry. Genetic factors and hormone function are believed to play a role. Irrespective of the cause, mental illness requires and generally responds to professional treatment.
What are some of the best ways to treat Anxiety and Depression?
Our understanding of mental illness has evolved over time, yet it still presents certain difficulties. Diagnostically speaking depression and anxiety primarily affects the way an individual thinks, feels and in most cases subsequently behaves; therefore we generally rely upon patients to identify these changes themselves and seek help. In some case family members or close friends may be able to identify vulnerable individuals and assist in requesting attention.
Once diagnosed however treatment can be quite successful using a variety of approaches; the most common of which are psychological therapies or ‘talking therapies‘. Such therapies are generally administered by a qualified psychologist and involve either behavior modification (Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT) or examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal patterns and behaviors.
Generally work will be done to identify and address key triggers and ways of managing future events. These therapies are often combined with a focus on improving nutrition and encouraging regular exercise, which itself can actively promote a healthy mental state.
Indeed, a safe and effective first step towards self-empowerment is taking control over your diet. The benefits of doing this are both psychological and physiological.
Reducing or eliminating spikes in your blood sugar levels will help you significantly. They’re caused by sugar-laden foods and stimulants such as excess coffee, cigarettes, etc. Cutting back on the sugars and stimulants will help reduce the debilitating feelings that come along with general anxiety.
Young people and children unfortunately are just as vulnerable to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. While often harder to detect; once diagnosed applied therapies specifically designed for children can usually assist the child in living a happier and more fulfilling childhood.
A happier childhood better prepares the child for dealing with the stresses of teen years and young adulthood. The healthy and safe transition of young adulthood enables the individual to prepare for and live a life feeling in control, empowered and able to deal with everyday challenges.
As a last resort, there is antidepressant medication, depending on how severe the trouble is. Often it will be used in conjunction with psychotherapies. Antidepressants can be effective in some situations.
It’s important to know that anxiety and depression help is available in a variety of places, including through natural health avenues.
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