Anxiety and depression Q&A
Anxiety and depression can be both difficult and difficult to talk about. Here are some questions and answers from a study.
1. What exactly are anxiety and depression?
A. Fear is the body’s foremost protection system that should alert us when something is dangerous. When fear is triggered time and time again by something that is not really that dangerous (repeated false alarms). Or when you may not understand why it happens, it is often called anxiety.
You could say it is an excessive fear reaction, that the body is put in unnecessary readiness. It is not dangerous, but extremely unpleasant and tiring. Everyone experiences periods of life with sadness and depression, which is perfectly normal and does not necessarily mean that you are depressed. You call it depression when you feel significantly depressed, out of energy and indifferent over several weeks, and unable to function normally.
2. What is the difference between anxiety and depression?
A. Anxiety is associated with feeling fear and is often about fear of something to happen in the future. Depression, for its part, is associated with feeling sadness, and thoughts often cling to something that has happened in the past. Often, anxiety and depression are used as a common term, without really being the same. Some of the explanation for this may be that these are the two most common and most common mental disorders and that one sometimes says “anxiety and depression” when talking about mental disorders in general. Another explanation is that they often occur simultaneously (high comorbidity). If you have an anxiety disorder over a long period of time, it is not uncommon that it also causes you to become depressed and, conversely, depression can also cause anxiety and withdrawal in social situations and cases of panic attacks.
3. Why do you think we are so scared to talk about anxiety and depression?
A. There could probably be multiple and compound reasons for it. Many I talk to are afraid that the employer, friends, family, and others will look at them differently if they openly tell them that they have mental difficulties. Some describe that people get quiet and weird and don’t quite know what to say. It is not uncommon for people with mental disorders to see themselves as weak to have it, which raises the threshold to talk about it.
4. How and when do you know that it is time to seek help?
A. It is important to emphasize that most people will experience periods of life where they feel down, have less energy, and it is hard to feel joy without necessarily having depression. In the same way, it is normal to have periods of more stress and discomfort. And are more anxious than you usually are, without it implying that you have an anxiety disorder. If these symptoms begin to persist over several weeks and go beyond their daily functioning, it is often a sign that you should seek help. Seeking help if the symptoms begin to limit your life in a way that either you yourself do not feel good or that those closest to you begin to respond.
5. Is anyone more prone to anxiety or depression than others?
A. It is impossible to pinpoint a specific cause of someone developing anxiety and depression. Many have an innate vulnerability that makes it easier for them to develop such response patterns.
6. What can contribute to depression?
A. There are many different factors that can lead to depression. Many can point to specific difficult life events such as loss, financial hardship, serious illness or family conflicts. The congenital vulnerability can also make it easy for someone to develop depression. Many who are in a difficult situation may also try to cope with this by isolating themselves. Avoiding social situations and becoming passive, which tends to become a vicious spiral that can help reinforce depression and make it persist.
7. When do you know that you suffer from anxiety and are not just stressed or anxious?
A. There is often a slippery transition between what we might call normal situational anxiety and when it develops into an anxiety disorder. As a rule of thumb, you can say that when you are scared in situations or for something that most others are not afraid of, the anxiety arises so frequently and severely that it hinders you in daily activities, or causes you to avoid doing things because you are afraid of anxiety. Then it can be said that it begins to develop into an anxiety disorder.
What can you do yourself if you suspect you are heading into depression
- A. When you are depressed, you often fall into stuck negative thought patterns. Isolate yourself from others, and stop doing things that previously made you happy. Much is about breaking these patterns that maintain depression. For most people, it is best to continue work and regular activity. Connect with people who give you something. Keep doing things even though it feels right now, and at the same time think that you are now doing an important job of beating the depression zone. It is also important to remember that most depression goes away by itself, even without treatment. It can be helpful to remind yourself when it seems like it’s going to be like that forever.
Yes, that was 8 questions and answers to anxiety and depression. I hope you are happy with the result and remember: If you are unsure, consult a doctor.