Anxiety, depression & panic attacks

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What is depression?

Depression is more than just a low mood. It is a serious illness. It stops you from enjoying everyday life. We all feel sad, moody or a bit flat from time to time. However, people suffering from depression experience these feelings intensely for long periods of time. As it effects how people feel about themselves, often people lose interest in school, hobbies and activities that used to bring them happiness.

Signs and symptoms

When someone is suffering from depression, they may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual.

What can you do to help yourself?

If you broke your arm, you would not try and heal it yourself. You would seek the help of a suitable doctor to get you back on the road to recovery. Depression is no different.

1: Talk to a parent or friend and if you are still not feeling any better, please seek professional help.

2: It is really important that you find the right psychologist for you. If you are not 100% happy with them and not able to share and talk to them then you need to move to someone else.

3: Ask family members and close friends to check in on you on a regular basis.

4: Eat healthy food and limit carbohydrates and sugar as these foods often effect our emotions.

5: Even though you may be feeling exhausted, make sure you exercise for at least 20 minutes each day. Even if it means getting out into the sun for a walk around your block.

6: Take one day at a time.

7: Depression is manageable. With the right doctors and help at hand, you will move past this feeling of hopelessness.

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety, which causes the physical sensations of fear. Panic attacks occur frequently and unexpectedly and are often not related to any external threat.

Anxiety is normal but a high level is not.

Signs and symptoms

1: Worrying all the time

2: Expecting the worst outcome

3: Avoiding things due to being afraid

4: It starts to control your life

When someone is experiencing a full-blown panic attack, a number of psychical symptom’s occur. They can be anything from

1: sudden temperature change

2: chest pains

3: nausea and dizziness

4: overwhelming feelings

5: shortness of breathe

6: legs feeling like jelly.

Your symptoms are uncomfortable but they are not dangerous.

It is often a good idea to ask yourself the questions, ‘What is the worst thing that can happen?

When it comes to instant relief from a panic attack, there are a few tricks that can help.

1: Ice cubes placed in the palm of each hand and squeezed tightly is often a quick relief from a panic attack. Ice cubes have proved to be so effective as the cold sensation short-circuits the adrenalin that is racing through the body. It is not always possible to have access to ice cubes but if you do when you are in a state of panic, this technique will assist you.

2: Practice breathing as when you are having a panic attack often the first thing that seems to go is your breath

What is anxiety?

We all have a tendency to feel anxious from time to time but anxiety is when these anxious feelings do not subside. They are ongoing and exist without any particular reason. When worry or fear get out of control and start interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Signs and symptoms

1: Your mind often races and you battle to think rationally or clearly

2: You often feel fear or worry

3: You sometimes panic when nervous

4: The constant presence of anxiety in your life distresses you and makes you want to run away or avoid certain things in your life

5: A feeling of being on edge

Types of anxiety disorders

1: General anxiety

This is anxiety or fear that is not specific to one thing but can be about anything and everything.

2: Social anxiety

This is a fear of being in public situations, crowds or in spaces unfamiliar to you.

3: Panic attacks

are sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and terror

4: Agoraphobia

Anxiety about being in situations which you feel may be difficult to escape from if you have a panic attack. EG: Stuck on a boat with friends and unable to get off quickly.

These are the most common types of anxiety disorders out there. As with depression and panic attacks, there is also help at hand for you if you are suffering from anxiety.

Do not deny how you are feeling or be embarrassed as a huge percentage of today’s population suffers from anxiety.