There’s a difference between being sad and being Clinically Depressed. Feeling sad (which people often called being “depressed”) is an appropriate reaction to a difficulty in your life, and will go away as you adjust.
But, some common experiences of people who are Clinically Depressed include ongoing reduced interest or pleasure in daily activities, changes in weight, difficulties with sleep, reduced energy, problems concentrating, feeling worthless, or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, but it is treatable. It can be treated through psychotherapy or medication. The latest research shows that the most enduring improvements come from the combination of medication and psychotherapy. This is one area in which your Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologist can work in tandem with you to better manage and improve your emotional well-being.
We all experience stress and anxiety and worry from time to time, especially when there are increased demands on us. This is not always bad: stress and anxiety can help you manage or overcome a challenging situation (e.g. if you are too relaxed when doing an exam, you might not do as well as if you feel somewhat stressed). But, when the amount of stress, anxiety or worry you experience interferes with your daily life, this is a problem. At these times, seeking assistance can be a good idea.
There are some common physical symptoms when anxiety or worry has become a problem. Some people develop headaches, rapid breathing, stomach ache, fast heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, and/or poor sleep. Some common emotional symptoms include nervousness, panic, difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness. Worry is the negative thoughts that can interfere with sleep, or interfere with focusing your mind when needed.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. When anxiety or worry interfere with everyday life, it is helpful to get professional support. The sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.