Effects of Depression and Anxiety

By February 14, 2018Uncategorized

Did you know that depression and anxiety are closely related? The effects can be devastating, both for the person suffering from the condition and for their family and friends.

Our counselling services in Brisbane include therapy for anxiety and depression. Both conditions are very common.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia with one in four people suffering from the conditions. One in seven people on average suffer from depression in Australia.Nearly three million people in Australia are affected by either anxiety, depression, or both conditions. Only 35% seek treatment.(Information taken from Australian Bureau of Statisticsresearch).

Anxiety

As experts in anxiety counselling in Brisbane we see people with a number of different forms of anxiety including generalised anxiety (GAD), social anxiety, and panic disorder. General anxiety is the most common form of anxiety. Common symptoms of anxiety disorders can include:

  • A feeling of doom and gloom
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling scared and fearful without a valid reason
  • Becoming irritable and nervous
  • Being constantly tense
  • Incessant worrying

Depression

Depression is a feeling of sadness, however unlike normal sadness it is long lasting. If you have a low mood for a period of longer than two weeks seek the services of a professional.

Depression can include:

  • Constant low mood
  • A lack of interest in day to day activities, particularly those activities that you used to enjoy
  • Irritability
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep pattern (sleeping too little or too much)
  • Suicidal thought patterns

When you are anxious, stressed, or depressed, the body can switch to flight or fight mode and you may experience physical symptoms. These can include a racing heart, changes in body temperature, headaches and nausea.

Treatment is Available

Depression and anxiety counselling in Brisbane can help. Qualified and experienced therapists can work with you so that you can work with any negative thought patterns and emotional issues. This will help with the physical effects of anxiety and depression as well. Counselling is a very effective form of treatment for depression and anxiety, and over time you will feel more like your old self again.

For more information on our Counselling Services in Brisbane contact us today at Something More Counselling.

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