1. What are the Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression and Nervous Breakdown?

    November 10, 2013

    What are the Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression and Nervous Breakdown?

    We all go through stressful situations in life, and sometimes these become too much for us to handle. It is very normal for us to feel anxious when faced with a challenging situation (like when I am at a job interview, a first date, or even back in college – when I had to sit through a really tough exam). However, when the fear and worry becomes too overwhelming and starts affecting how we deal with daily life, it may be something more serious that requires attention.

    Today’s society overuses the terms “anxiety”, “depression” and even “nervous breakdown”, making it difficult for us to correctly identify when these cases are actually happening. This is why it is very important to learn about these anxiety disorders and to be able to act on them as soon as the first signs show up. As doctors often tell us, early detection equals an early treatment. Let’s discuss the symptoms of anxiety, depression and nervous breakdown.

    ANXIETY

    This is not necessarily a negative thing. Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to danger. Think of it like your body’s alarm system which goes off when there is a threat nearby, or when there is too much pressure or stress. If experienced in moderation, it can be a good and healthy thing. It helps us stay alert and focused on priorities. For some, it can even motivate problem solving and action. But then again, once anxiety becomes a constant part of life, it starts affecting our activities and relationships. When this happens, we know we’ve crossed a line from normal to an anxiety disorder. So how do we know when the line is crossed?

    Below are the different emotional and physical symptoms of severe anxiety:

    – Initially, there is excessive worry and fear
    – Feeling of dread or apprehension
    – Difficulty concentrating on tasks
    – Feeling “jumpy” and tense
    – Waiting for the worst to happen
    – Irritability and restlessness
    – Anticipating for signs of danger
    – Getting a feeling of your mind going “blank”
    – Sweating
    – Pounding heart
    – Dizziness
    – Stomach upset and/or diarrhea
    – Frequent urination
    – Tremors and twitches
    – Shortness of breath
    – Headaches
    – Fatigue
    – Insomnia
    – Muscle tension

    What about anxiety attacks? We often hear people using this term – but what is its difference from the symptoms of anxiety mentioned above? Anxiety attacks, or panic attacks, are short-term episodes of intense fear or panic. These happen to us without warning. Most times, there are obvious triggers which cause them (for instance, thinking of standing in front of a huge crowd to give a speech makes me get a panic attack, for others, this can be triggered by getting stuck in an elevator alone) but sometimes the episodes just happen out of nowhere. The attacks peak around ten minutes’ time and seldom last over half an hour. Even during this short period of time, the terros can be so intense that a person gets a feeling of a total loss of control. Some even feel like they are going to die. And when the attack is over, you can’t help but feel worried about getting another attack – especially in public places without available help and no escape routes.

    Because of the intensity of anxiety attacks, a lot mistake them for symptoms of heart attacks. To equip yourself with better understanding, below are the signs and symptoms of anxiety attacks.

    – An intense surge of panic
    – Feeling like you’re going crazy and losing control
    – Chest pain and/or heart palpitations
    – Feeling like passing out
    – Sensations of choking and/or trouble with breathing
    – Trembling, shaking and chills
    – Hyperventilation
    – Feeling “unreal” and detached
    – Stomach cramps and nausea

    DEPRESSION

    We all get depressed – sometimes it’s nothing more than the regular blues and loneliness. This feeling is another normal reaction to life’s events (like when I lost a loved one, or when my dad lost his job and we had to go through a really rough patch for a whole year). However, when the depression becomes too overwhelming and stays that way for extended periods of time, a normal and active life might be rendered impossible to have. This is a good example of clinical depression, which requires us to ask for professional medical assistance.

    Below are the symptoms of depression, as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health.

    – Trouble with concentration
    – Difficulty in making decisions and remembering details
    – Fatigue and low levels of energy
    – Feeling guilty, worthless and/or helpless
    – Waking up really early in the morning
    – Insomnia OR excessive sleeping
    – Restlessness and irritability
    – No interest with activities and hobbies (which were previously pleasurable), including sex
    – Loss of appetite OR overeating
    – Persistent aches and pains (headaches, digestive problems, cramps) which do not go away with usual treatment
    – Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety and “emptiness”
    – Ideations of suicide and/or suicide attempts

    NERVOUS BREAKDOWN


    How often have I heard someone shout “Oh my, she’s having a nervous breakdown!” when the person isn’t really having a nervous breakdown? Too many times. In reality, a nervous breakdown is when a person reaches the point of exhaustion after a prolonged period of experiencing anxiety (maybe related to financial, health, work or relationship problems, or a combination). When the anxiety, stress and depression becomes too overwhelming, you get a sense of helplessness and extreme exhaustion – as if you will not be able to deal with life (and for some, they cannot even get out of their beds). The circumstances are different for each person. Sometimes, just one event (a death or job loss, for example) is enough to trigger the build up of exhaustion and stress. In addition, the person is likely to stop eating and sleeping properly which in the long run only results to even more exhaustion. To be able to better deal with these cases (whether for yourself or someone else), it’s good to understand the signs early on.

    Below are the symptoms of a nervous breakdown:

    – Loss of sexual drive
    – Loss of appetite and interest in food
    – Loss of enjoyment in work, hobbies and life in general
    – Feeling guilty and pathetic for feeling the way they do
    – Feeling of being alone
    – Feeling of desperation
    – Feeling like the littlest tasks are too difficult and exhausting
    – Being impatient with themselves
    – Loss of confidence
    – Fear that another breakdown will happen after one has happened.

    Now that you’re familiar with the symptoms of anxiety, depression and nervous breakdown, you can be more confident with dealing with life’s stresses and challenges. However, if things get too overwhelming, it’s still best to get help from health care professionals. Also, the support of loved ones – family and friends – can go a long way in dealing with such anxiety disorders.

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  2. Understanding the Symptoms of Depression: Its Emotional and Behavioral Aspects

    November 4, 2013

    Understanding the Symptoms of Depression

    by Edward Lakatis

    People has become so used to hearing about depression that in most occasions they fail to understand the deep and long-term physical, mental and emotional consequences it may have on the affected person.

    Creative people such as artists, designers or inventors seem to be quite immune  from depression. It is always assumed that their creativity and inventive minds prevented them from suffering it as they are always busy and with their minds occupied in developing or improving new things. However, it is now known that even though being creative gives individuals certain skills and tools that may help them to cope with the symptoms of depression, they can also face depression and that depression can reflect upon their inability to develop new ideas or create a new art or music.

    The Symptoms of Depression

    Depression can manifest in multiple and varied ways. In fact, crying all day long, being too sensitive over minor issues or reacting to comments in quite a passionate way are probably the symptoms most of us associate with this illness but experts in mental disorders also emphasize that the symptoms of depression imply emotional and behavioral aspects that we should also take into consideration.

    In fact, not everybody shows feelings in the same way and paying attention to what may appear minor attitudinal changes may allow us to detect sooner than later that somebody we care for is suffering from depression.

    Depression And Its Behavioral Symptoms

    It is not rare for inventors and other creative individuals to express their depression through behavioral symptoms. Their lively and jovial spirit and entrepreneurial attitude may be altered when depression settles in their lives:

    Motivation is Lost

    Inventors are usually motivated to improve every day gadgets or to find innovative ways to do every day things. When they find nothing is challenging or that their new invention ideas are not worthy at all, may be signs of depression.

    Difficulty In Setting Goals

    Setting goals implies seeing a more or less positive and achievable future. When people feels depressed, that ability is lost or diminished and it is easier to feel tempted to give up in our efforts to satisfy our goals. This behavioral symptom of depression can then manifest in leaving things unfinished, losing control over minor issues and so on.

    Inability to Think Clearly

    Making everyday decisions such as which clothes to wear in the morning or what to cook for dinner can become much more difficult for someone with depression. Depressed people  can’t see situations objectively and take lots of time to accomplish even minor tasks. This is even more complex for creative people and inventors as there are a lot of things they should take into consideration and evaluate and, as they cannot think clearly, the whole invention process becomes even more tiresome.

    Social Withdrawal

    Inventors and other creative individuals usually have a remarkable social nature. They love attracting other people’s attention towards their invention, painting, sculpture or piece of music. However, when they suffer from depression they opt to stay away from any social interaction. In fact, they may even prefer spending a lot of time by themselves.

    Solving Problems

    If making small or big decisions becomes more difficult when someone is depressed, solving problems is not easy either. Even the smallest obstacle seems overwhelming and bigger problems seem impossible to solve

    Depression and Its Emotional Symptoms

    Self Confidence Is Lost

    As depressed people withdraw from social interaction they lose self-confidence and a vicious circle begins. Creative people such as inventors can be really affected  by this lack of self-confidence; they may believe that whatever they do is not worthy and therefore it is not important to share it with others. Thus, they are convinced that other people won’t be interested in their invention ideas and they don’t feel attracted to interacting with others.

    Guilt

    It’s really easy for depressed people to feel that they are responsible and the ones to blame for almost everything that occurs around them.

    Feeling Pessimistic

    It is almost natural for depressed people to see everything in a negative way. Inventors and other creative individuals feel discouraged to fight for their objectives, they cannot see how valuable or innovative their creations are and this feeling does nothing but nourish their lack of self confidence.

    Apathy

    If nothing you do is worthy enough for others to appreciate, if you cannot make simple decisions and every problem seems impossible to solve, it’s quite easy to feel apathy.

    Suicidal Thoughts

    Depressed people, especially when they do not receive any kind of treatment, have very negative ideas of the future. They feel that their life is not worth living and, therefore, suicidal thoughts may arise.

    Not everybody that suffers from depression will experience all these behavioral and emotional symptoms. If after reading this article you think that anybody you care about or even yourself may suffer from depression, don’t think it twice and ask for a consultation with a psychologist.

     

    Author Bio: Edward Lakatis run and writes for Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company. He is passionate about all things related to invention, and helping other inventors realize their products potentials. More of Edward’s writing can be found on http://ideadesignstudio.com/

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