Anxiety and Depression are the two different faces of the same coin.
One leaves you restless, tense, and fearful. The other sad, lethargic, and perhaps even numb.
To meet the challenge of depression and anxiety, one can use the lens of a a spiritual awakening as it requires a new foundation in life. The first corner stone is a life of choosing joy, daily joy, simple joy, yes fun, freedom — moment to moment receiving the beauty in life.
Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other, but there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders.
In an anxiety-related disorder, your fear or worry does not go away and can get worse over time. It can influence your life to the extent that it can interfere with daily activities like school, work and/or relationships.
It’s important to note that everyone feels anxiety to some degree regularly throughout their life. Fear and anxiety are adaptive and helpful emotions that can function to help us notice danger or threat, keep us safe, and help us to adapt to our current environment.
Anxiety disorders represent states when fear or anxiety becomes severe or extreme, to the extent that it causes an individual significant distress, or impairs their ability to function in important facets of life such as work, school, or relationships.
Depression is common and can negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. And like anxiety, it is also treatable.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and even achieving goals and success can lead a person to feel sad, lonely and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life stressors and transitions.
Most people feel low and sad at times. However, in some cases, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist.
Common Anxiety Symptoms:
- restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
- being easily fatigued
- difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- muscle tension
- sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
Common Depression Symptoms:
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.
I deeply believe that all you have experienced is in service to the unfoldment of your highest learning and purpose.
Together we can find the root of the problem and find solutions that help you feel better.
“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness
the astonishing light of your own being.’