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DEPRESSION:

Signs, Symptoms, Types, Suggested Reading and Resource Links

Depression can take a variety of forms, some more severe than others. Sometimes depression can result from difficulty coping with stressful life experiences, which we call situational depression. You may also have experienced a life-long struggle with depression due to an inherited family history or a response to childhood trauma or abuse. We all go through periods of sadness in response to life’s ups and downs, but depression is much more than just sadness. Depression, as opposed to sadness, is difficult to shake on your own and often interferes with your ability to function and enjoy life. Take a moment and read further to see if you may be depressed. Anthropos is here to support you or someone you care about who may be struggling with depression.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities
  • Dramatic appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Loss of energy or feeling overly fatigued nearly every day
  • Self-loathing and feelings of worthlessness
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Difficulty focusing, making decisions, remembering things
  • Recurring thoughts about hurting yourself, or suicide

Types of Depression:

  • Major Depression – can be only one episode or recurring episodes
  • Dysthymia – ongoing, recurrent mild depression
  • Bipolar – periods of depression mixed with periods of mania/euphoria
  • Seasonal Affective – depression that occurs in the fall and winter
  • Situational – occurs in conjunction with a major life stressor(s)

Suggested Reading:

Mind Over Mood, Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David D. Burns
The Feeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns
The Self-Esteem Workbook, Glenn R. Schiraldi
Self-Esteem, Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning
The Depression Cure, Stephen S. Ilardi
Overcoming Depression, DemitriPapolos
I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Terrence Real (specifically for men)
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, David J. Miklowitz

Links and Resources:

Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
Bipolar Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health
Depression and How Therapy Can Help
Depression – National Institute of Mental Health
Understanding Depression
Depressive Symptomology Test
Goldberg Depression Questionnaire


ANXIETY:

Signs, Symptoms, Types, Suggested Reading and Resource Links

Anxiety, in and of itself, is a normal response to stressful situations or periods when we’re under pressure. When we feel threatened in some way, our body’s natural response is to produce adrenaline as a way of preparing us emotionally and physically to address the threat. Sometimes our body’s natural response to stress crosses the line from normal anxiety and instead becomes constant, overwhelming and begins to interfere with our activities and relationships. The way we express our anxiety can show up in a variety of ways that get in our way of living fulfilling lives. When our anxiety has reached an uncontrollable state, we can begin to feel lonely, isolated and helpless. Take a moment and read further about the types of anxiety that can interfere with normal living. You may not have all but some of the signs and symptoms listed below as these refer to a number of different anxiety types. Whatever form your anxiety takes, Anthropos is here to support you or someone you care about who may be struggling with intrusive anxiety.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  • Excessive fear and worry
  • Feeling tense, jumpy, irritable
  • Restlessness
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Fear of embarrassment or humiliation
  • Pounding heart which could accompany overwhelming panic
  • Stomach upset, nausea or stomach cramps
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing or a choking sensation
  • Sweating, hot flashes or chills
  • Insomnia

Types Of Anxiety:

  • Generalized Anxiety – constant, persistent worry or fear
  • Obsessive-Compulsive – uncontrollable and unwanted thought/behaviors
  • Panic Attacks – intense panic or fear that occurs without warning
  • Phobias – excessive fear of a specific object, activity or situation
  • Post-Traumatic Stress – comes in the aftermath of a traumatic event
  • Social Anxiety – fear of others viewing you negatively or public humiliation

Suggesteed Reading:

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David D. Burns
The Feeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns
When Anxiety Attacks, David D. Burns
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund J. Bourne
The OCD Workbook, M. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick (obsessive/compulsive beh.)
Stop Obsessing, Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson
The Panic Attacks Workbook, David Carbonell
Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine (the effects of trauma on the mind/body)
I Can’t Get Over It, Aphrodite Matsakis
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, Glenn R. Schiraldi
Growing Beyond Survival, Elizabeth G. Vermilyea

Resource Links:

Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder
National Center for PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Information Center
Types of Anxiety – National Institute of Mental Health
Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Specific Tests for Different Types of Anxiety:

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