Help and Support
Although depression can come into our lives in many forms some signs and symptoms can include-
- losing interest in daily activities and feeling unmotivated to change this.
- Losing/gaining weight and noticing differences in your appetite.
- Being unable to get to sleep, stay asleep or waking too early and then feeling tired and lethargic the following day.
- Feeling helpless and like you may have let yourself or your family down.
- Getting easily annoyed or irritable.
- Focusing on the negative aspects of situations.
Feeling anxious can start to impact on many areas of your life and will often lead to a downward spiral of anxiety, low mood and reduced activity. Some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety may include-
- Physical symptoms such as sweating, shaking, heart palpitations, chest/stomach pain, feeling light headed and ultimately like you might pass out.
- Experiencing irrational thoughts and feelings about being in certain situations and feeling more and more uncomfortable within these situations.
- Frequently worrying about things or feeling as though something awful might happen
- Avoiding situations to escape feeling any of the above.
Small amounts of stress are useful in order for us to function and focus on day to day life. However, when this stress becomes unmanageable we then consider it to have become a problem, this level of unmanageable stress is different from person to person. Signs and symptoms of high stress levels include-
- Unable to concentrate at work, home or during other activities.
- Focusing on the negatives and worrying about things that previously you would not have seen as a problem.
- Feeling unnecessarily angry or overwhelmed.
- Losing out on sleep, seeing a change in your appetite or using alcohol, cigarettes or drugs in order to relax/ get to sleep.
- Feeling isolated, low in mood or hopeless.