Depression and Anxiety

By: Michael Appleman, M.S.

Doctors and the public are seeing that depression and anxiety are truthful medical disorders. Even today there is still a regrettable shame connected with mental illness. Below will help to break the myths.


1. Mental illness is not all in your head. Mental health disorders usually have a physical element. And they can be diagnosed and often treated.

2. Mental illness is not something a person can just "get over" without help. More than 80 percent of the patients respond positively to short term therapy and/or anti-depressant medication.


We all frequently feel blue. Depression is obvious by continuing thoughts, of hopelessness, worthlessness, or emptiness, along with disruptions in sleep, appetite, and energy. Due to the increasing knowledge of our mind, there is a positive hope for those with depression and anxiety.

In the world today nearly twice as many women as men are affected by depression. Depression strikes people of all ages. It has been shown that one in ten children and adolescents suffer from a mental illness. Their difficulties effect their day to day lives.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression Questionnaire
1. Over the past two weeks have you had persistent thoughts of death, dying, or suicide?

2. Over the past two weeks have you had a plan to end your life?

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  • A constant sad, anxious, or empty mood.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Agitation or irritability.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Or increased appetite and weight gain.
  • Exhaustion or loss of energy.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed.
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness.
  • Constant physical symptoms that don't respond to treatment.
  • Thoughts of death or injuring yourself or others.
  • Anxiety

    Anxiety is commonly caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain and/or reactions to specific experiences. Millions of people around the world suffer from Anxiety.

    All human beings have fears. Nevertheless, the fears connected with anxiety disorders are more severe and long-lasting than ordinary anxiety. Anxiety may also may be accompanied by physical problems.

    Anxiety Questionnaire
    1. Are you suffering from nervousness, worry or fear?

    2. Do you feel that things around you are strange, unreal or foggy?

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    Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders:

  • Panic disorder: This brings on unexpected panic attack, an increased heart rate, sweating, weakness and dizziness.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Consists of unrealistic worries that last for at least six months. That includes irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disorder, muscle tension, aches and pains that cannot be traced to physical illness or injury.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): This is characterized by recurring, unwelcome thoughts and followed by rituals to prevent or dispel them.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This is a re-experiencing of a traumatic event in with flashbacks or dreams.
  • Phobias: These are constant, unreasonable fears about an object or situation and the aspiration to avoid them.
  • Depression and anxiety can be treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Most of us in this world will suffer from either anxiety and/or depression at least once in our life. You need to find the best treatment and not to delay our road to recovery, health and enjoyment.

    If you answer yes to 2 or more of the questions in anxiety or depression questionnaire you may be suffering from anxiety or depression. We suggest that you see a health care professional in order to find out more and possible treatment.