A Quick Summary For People Who Need Help With Anxiety
Depression gets a lot of attention in the news, but what many people don’t know is that depression is one head of a two-headed monster. It often goes hand-in-hand with anxiety. While extreme depression can manifest symptoms such as lethargy, extreme hopelessness, and complete lack of interest in activities previously seen as enjoyable, many people suffer from mild depression in conjunction with anxiety. Anxiety can cause symptoms that are rather different than those of extreme depression. This includes, but is not limited to: constant or frequent worrying, compulsive actions ranging from nail biting and skin picking to frequent checking and rechecking of various things, including appliances, locks, switches, buttons, lists, and more. Those suffering from anxiety can also easily feel overwhelmed, or feel an impending sense of doom and/or failure if they cannot perform or function according to the high bars they set for themselves.
Extreme depression can cause suicidal thoughts but your basic anxiety can destroy lives, also. Although those that suffer from anxiety will set out and conduct activities that should be enjoyable, unlike those with extreme depression that completely avoid these activities, nonetheless these activities cannot be enjoyed because the person is so engrossed with worrying or performing compulsive actions. These actions or behaviors not only interfere with life, but they can also annoy and frustrate the family and friends of the person experiencing the anxiety.
Fortunately for everyone involved, anxiety can be managed in a variety of different ways. In extreme cases, medication can help. Antidepressants are often prescribed for those suffering from anxiety, and the medication works even in low doses. However, medication is not always needed. Expressing the energy required of anxiety-prone folks in positive ways is the biggest change that those suffering can make. In instance, someone may take up regular, routine walks or jogs. They may also take up yoga, weight training, or any other number of activities. Positive hobbies that require creative thinking such as painting, writing or photography also allow for positive release of anxiety.
In the meantime, a little therapy is greatly helpful for anxiety sufferers. This requires taking a cold, hard look at themselves to decide what in their life needs to be changed. For example, if someone is very anxious about keeping track of important events, appointments or dates, then having a streamlined, easy-to-reference personal planner is key. In another example, if someone feels particularly anxious in their surroundings, it is helpful to ensure that these surroundings are clean and organized, and that small amounts of time are used weekly in order to maintain this clean, organized environment. There are many ways to control anxiety-what works for each person is different.