Monday, June 1, 2009

Should You be Anxious about Anxiety Depression?

By Colin Jones

A lot of people that burn the candle at both ends, exhaust not only all their physical strength, but they also tend to over extend their mental powers to the point where they obviously need some old fashioned time off.

Many busy people who are unable to fathom the idea of relaxing and taking time of from work, as well as from their worries, have nervous breakdowns, anxiety depression and all sorts of mental illnesses that cause a person's sanity to alter. Fortunately, if you are one of those who is unable to relax and who is constantly worried and fussing over things, there are various cures and treatments available for dealing with anxiety depression.

Anxiety depression is actually notable for all kinds of irregular behaviour and erratic mood swings in the person who is suffering from it. This is usually due to specific stress triggers. Furthermore, a lot of people who tend to become quickly worked up over stressful situations are actually prone to having anxiety depression. It is actually a matter of being strong-willed when it comes to facing problematic and stressfull activities. It may be pretty hard to do at first, but trying to be calm and cool in times of extreme pressure is what will prevent your mental health from going into a downward spiral.

When it comes to effectively curing yourself of a mental disease, you must keep in mind that one must be honest with yourself and assess what kind of depression or mental illness your suffers from. Go to a reputable psychiatrist to get yourself diagnosed correctly as well to get the right depression treatment. Here are the various kinds of depression:

Manic or Bipolar depression - is characterized by sudden and extreme mood swings where one minute the sufferer is in an high state of euphoria while the next minute (day or week) the sufferer is in a private hell.

Postpartum depression - is recognizable by long periods of depression and a feeling of emptiness in a new mother where physical stress during child birth and / or an undefined sense of responsibility towards the new born child are just some of the many factors why some new mothers go through this illness.

Dysthimia - is recognizable by a perfunctory similarity with bipolar manic) depression. In this case, however, it has been proven to be a lot less severe, although, doctors say that, any case of depression should be treated immediately.

Cyclothemia - characterized by a similarity with Manic or Bipolar depression wherein the individual suffering from this mental disease may occasionally suffer from severe changes in one's moods.

Seasonal Affective Disorder - characterized by falling into a rut only in specific seasons (i.e. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall). Studies, however, prove that more people become depressed during the Winter and Fall seasons and lastly, mood swings, wherein a person's mood may shift from happy to sad to angry in just a short period of time.

However, the kind of depression that has been proven to be most common is anxiety depression, which is actually characterized when someone is being overly anxious about some things. Anxiety is a natural behaviour that actually will help people cope more with certain stressful activities like a first date or a gruelling exam the following day. Anxiety does actually help you get ready for dealing with certain "difficult situations". Therefore, anxiety is actually a good thing.

Anxiety depression however, is just the opposite. However, it should not be lightly dismissed as a "case of the jitters". Anxiety depression is in actuality an illness that can be caused by the actual DNA of a person, or, in other words, it can be an hereditary illness.

Furthermore, there are actually several kinds of anxiety depression too. Each one has its own unique characteristics. Take for instance Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD. This kind of anxiety depression is a lot more complicated than the average anxiety depression, in spite of it possibly being a daily problem for those who suffer from this anxiety depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder actually makes the individual much more paranoid than usual. Anxiety attacks are much more frequent, even absurdly so at times.

Suffers can get anxious even when there is no real explanation for them to behave in such a way. Those people suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder often show several symptoms varying from from lack of sleep, to being unable to relax, getting tired easily, inability to concentrate and suffering from depression. This sort of anxiety depression is also curable though.

You should visit a reputable cognitive behavioural therapist who will recommend the therapy that you require to help you to relax. Moreover, prescribed medicines are a necessity to help sufferers battle anxiety attacks, assist them to calm down and help them relax.

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