Depression

Depression is common and can be exhibited in many different ways. Consult your doctor for an official diagnosis. 

Signs of depression include:

  • Depressed mood for most of the day, most day

  • Diminished pleasure in activities they used to enjoy

  • Significant, unintentional weight loss

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia most days

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness and lack of self-esteem

  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Anxiety

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Edginess or restlessness

  • Tiring easily; more fatigued than usual

  • Impaired concentration or feeling as though the mind goes blank

  • Irritability (which may or may not be observable to others)

  • Increased muscle aches or soreness

  • Difficulty sleeping (due to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, restlessness at night, or unsatisfying sleep)

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Panic/Anxiety Attacks

The difference between panic and anxiety attacks are simple. With panic attacks, the attack will be sudden and very intense. Signs of a panic attack may include:

  •  pounding or racing heart

  • sweating, chills

  • trembling

  • breathing problems

  • weakness or dizziness

  • tingly or numb hands

  •  chest pain

  •  stomach pain and nausea

  • An intense worry about when the next panic attack will happen.

Meanwhile, anxiety attack (which are more common) come on gradually as a result of stress and leads up to an episode of severe anxiety. 

If you or a friend are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack, it is best to ground them by reminding them of small things around them. A 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 technique is an excellent tool. 

 an example of this technique is 

1) Name one color you see

2) Name two animals 

3) Name three movies you enjoy

4) Name four one direction members

5) Name five types of shoes 

Gradually increase the difficulty of the questions, and then work backwards.