Anxiety and depression

What we mean by depression in this section is the depression caused by anxiety.

This section is for anxiety sufferers who recognise their problems in the other definitions of anxiety, but also feel in a low mood or feel ‘down.’

Low mood is the main symptom of depression. The low mood of depression can develop in the following way.

A prolonged anxiety state can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Battling with anxiety symptoms can be mentally exhausting.

Sleep and appetite are often affected by anxiety leaving you without energy.

Struggling to cope can leave the anxiety sufferer with low self-esteem and low self-worth.

When in a low mood, we often imagine a negative future and so become vunerable to negative thinking and depression.

More symptoms of depression-related anxiety (below).

Emotional Symptoms of depression: A low mood  is the main symptom of depression. We often describe low mood as feeling ‘down’ or having ‘the blues’ or feeling like we are in a prison of the mind. When suffering from depression, it can be quite difficult to imagine a positive future – as if you’re in a dark tunnel with no light at the end of it. This can lead to pessimistic thoughts and create a cycle of negative thinking which is difficult to change. A loss of interest or pleasure in life where you may have lost interest in your family, your career or other pursuits, interests and activities that have previously been joyful – for example, your friends or your hobbies. Nothing seems like fun, joy seems to have disappeared from life and everything seems uninteresting and boring.

Low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy or inferiority where you think of yourself as worthless, inadequate or as a failure. Someone with low self-esteem is very harsh on themselves and is continually being self-critical. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, where you think that your problems will go on continually and that you can’t do anything to change how you feel. Guilt or sadness where you unnecessarily or excessively blame yourself for everything, feel sad or down. Irritability and frustration can lead to feelings of resentment and/or anger towards both yourself and others.

Physical Symptoms of depression  – Chronic fatigue where you feel tired all the time. This is primarily psychological in nature. A change in appetite is one of the most common symptoms of depression (a tendency to over-eat or a  loss of appetite. Changes or disturbances in sleep are often experienced. Moderately depressed people often suffer from insomnia and find it difficult to get a full night’s sleep, whereas severely depressed people often feel excessively tired and sleep too much. Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue, irritability and low mood.

Mental symptoms of depression – A loss of motivation where you have to push yourself hard to do things or where you feel overwhelmed is common.  Indecisiveness or having difficulty in concentrating where you have trouble making your mind up or taking action.  Hypochondriasis where you worry a great deal about your health.