Anxiety is a blanket term that covers a range of mental disorders. Examples of different anxiety disorders are agoraphobia, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For many people, anxiety is experienced as a feeling of worry, or apprehension, about something in the future, and is experienced by nearly all of us at some point in our lives. When severe, anxiety often needlessly holds us back from accomplishing what matters in life, as the feelings of worry or dread become blown out of proportion.
Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to reduce these unwanted feelings, so that you can get back to living your life more fully.
Depression, also known as a Clinical Depression or Major Depressive Disorder, is a feeling of extreme sadness, and/or hopelessness that lasts for 2 weeks or more. There are many different symptoms of depression, that people tend to be effected by differently.
Most of us will become depressed at some point in our lives. Often we become depressed when we’ve experienced big changes in our lives, that create feelings of loss, and a sense that things are not the same as they once were. There are many different reasons why people become depressed. People develop depression if they are bereaved or experience grief, or if they have experienced trauma, or life changing / stressful events. Depression can also be caused by some medications, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe, but it is always best to seek help sooner rather than later; if you think you are depressed.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD is a serious anxiety disorder, that should not be overlooked. OCD has a wide range of presentations, where many of the associated behaviours are concerned with checking things, fears of becoming contaminated, mental contamination, hoarding, ruminating, or experiencing unwanted, intrusive thoughts. In OCD, these behaviours, or compulsions, are driven by obsessions. An example of this might be that someone is worried that their house will be broken into, and so they feel compelled to check that the door is locked an excessive number of times.
If left unmanaged, the self exacerbating nature of OCD can begin to have a seriously debilitating effect on a person’s livelihood.
The stress response is our body’s natural response to dangerous situations, and also the general pressures of daily life. When stressed, we often feel as though we are rushing around doing a million things, but that we are not getting anything done. Being highly stressed can seriously interfere with our ability to deal with life’s responsibilities efficiently, and it is important we learn useful techniques for reducing our stress levels.
People often think of stress as a mental state, but really it’s an extreme physiological response, or state of arousal. This heightened state of arousal has a damaging effect on our bodies, which is why it’s important to take action if we feel stressed on a regular basis.