Anxiety Attacks And Depression
Anxiety attacks and depression - can you have BOTH? Yes they can sometimes exist together. But if this describes you, don't give up - there is hope and you can get better and feel better.
Feels Unfair? Don't Give Up
It might feel extra unfair to be getting a double dose of trouble - having anxiety issues and then also depression. But if you have been experiencing anxiety or even panic to the point where you feel like your life is being seriously limited it is quite understandable that you might start feeling depressed as well. You can even become clinically depressed, not just sad.
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The trick is to seek help. Both anxiety and depression are treatable.
When you suffer from prolonged anxiety, you could feel symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, racing heart, abdominal discomfort or shaking and trembling, amongst other things.
With depression you would also feel sad, unmotivated, hopeless, and may also have problems eating (too much or too little) and you may have sleeping issues.
Depression can make you feel like just staying in bed, staying home and you may find yourself sleeping more than you normally do.
Both anxiety attacks and depression can make you feel overwhelmed and hopeless.
Those symptoms are a lot to deal with! You may feel like the problem has become too large to treat. But that is not the case. In a way the problem is getting bigger because the underlying cause has not been fixed - and it is drawing attention to itself by getting worse and worse.
It's always best to see a doctor and get a clean bill of health first. Due to the nature of panic and anxiety, it can imitate other serious, physical conditions.
If all tests are negative, if your heart's fine, no thyroid problems, no ear, eye or brain problems and you're in the clear, then it's very likely an anxiety issue.
You Can Get Better
There are several things you can do to start feeling better. Getting rid of anxiety and depression always involves some work and determination on our part. While we can mask the symptoms with medication temporarily, the underlying cause is still there and needs to be addressed eventually, or it will continue to cause you problems.
CBT Anxiety Attacks and Depression
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for both anxiety and depression. In some cases medication may also be part of the program, at least temporarily.
You may have noticed that when you are feeling depressed, you will also have some fairly sad, morose, depressing thoughts running around in your head.
We often assume that just because we are having these thoughts that they are accurate realistic thoughts.
- "I am a useless person",
- "Nothing good will ever happen to me"
- "The world would be a better place without me"
- "There is no hope that anything will ever change"
Those are some of the things we tell ourselves when we are feeling down and depressed. But if you look at those thoughts logically and realistically you can see that they are clearly not accurate.
And what's worse is that these types of thoughts, in addition to being incorrect, cause you to feel even worse. Just writing that list made me feel bad!
Similar thought processes happen with anxiety.
That's one reason why cognitive behavior therapy is so effective with anxiety attacks and depression. It helps you identify and replace some automatic inaccurate thoughts with more realistic healthy thoughts.
This can make a world of difference. CBT therapy is a key to this life changing process.
Then there's self-help programs which you can use to help keep yourself calm, positive, motiviated and help stop racing thoughts. These are ways to keep everyday anxiety levels low. Hypnosis is very effective for many people with anxiety.
There's also natural remedies you can use, but always speak with a specialist first. Try NEVER to mix drugs with anything, even though it may be herbal.
You Can Recover From Anxiety Attacks and Depression
The bottom line to remember is, no matter how bad your anxiety attacks and depression are making you feel right now, with help and guidance, you'll start to feel better.
Everyone has anxiety, but when it interferes with your life and you can't function as you should and it doesn't go away, then it becomes a mental health problem, one that requires attention.
When it is prolonged, it's natural that it will bring you down and may lead to depression. Now, you've got two problems. This is why it's very important to seek help as soon as you can.
You do not need to keep suffering with anxiety attacks and depression.
Find out more about anxiety and depression treatment.
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