Attack Anxiety & Depression

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Did you know that it is not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to suffer from depression or vice versa? In fact, about 50 percent of those with depression also are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Anxiety Disorder Overview

A normal reaction to stress, anxiety or worrying is common in every day life. However, when a person experiences anxiety excessively for more than six months, it may be a sign that the person is suffering from an anxiety disorder. Some common anxiety disorders include:

  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD): A type of anxiety disorder that affects more than 6.8 million Americans. People with general anxiety disorder can’t relax or have difficulty concentrating because they are too worried or concerned about everyday life problems.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): More than 2.2 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, which occurs when people suffer with persistent, ongoing obsessions that interfere with every day life.
  • Panic Disorder: An anxiety disorder where suffers experience spontaneous, unexpected, or out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are always preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. About 6 million people suffer from panic disorder.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): An anxiety disorder that develops following a terrifying ordeal that involved either the threat of physical harm or actually caused physical harm, sufferers of PTSD may startle easily, loose interest in things they once were interested in, become irritable, have trouble showing affection and may become overall emotionally numb. Approximately 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): Approximately 15 million people suffer from this particular anxiety disorder where people become overwhelmingly self-conscious and anxious in every day social situations because they have a fear that people are watching and judging them. Social anxiety disorder also is called social phobia.
  • Overview of Depression

    About 24 million men and women are affected with depression each year in the United States. Depression is more than just ‘sadness’ or the ‘blues.” It is a life-long mental illness that can affect the thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health of suffers. It is common for people to suffer from bouts of wellness followed by bouts of depression.

    Signs and symptoms of depression include the following: a depressed mood (such as feelings of sadness or emptiness), loss of interest in activities that once used to be enjoyed, changes in appetite or weight (up or down), changes in sleep pattern (not being able to sleep well or sleeping too much), feeling agitated, fatigue or loss of energy, feeling worthless or excessive guilt difficulty thinking, concentrating or troubles making decisions about things, and/or suicidal thoughts or intentions.

    Sources: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

 
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