What is Depression?

The symptoms of depression include a chronically depressing sense of hopelessness and a loss of interest in once-enjoyed hobbies and activities. Think, remember, eat, and sleep may also become difficult as a result of it.
Experiencing sadness or mourning over challenging circumstances in life, such job loss or divorce, is common. Depression, however, is distinct since it contains more symptoms than just sorrow and lasts almost every day for at least two weeks.
Depression illnesses can in a variety of forms. Most people just refer to “depression” when referring to clinical depression or severe depressive illness. This form of depression is the most severe.
Depression may deteriorate and prolong itself if left untreated.

Symptoms of Depression:

Many people try to cope with their symptoms without realising they’re unwell.
Depression affects different people in different ways, you do not need to have all the symptoms to know you’re depressed, it’s important to seek support when you start noticing some changes with yourself and your life. Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression. Depression can come in episodes and there’s different types. Therefore it is important to seek professional advice.
Depression is a long lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities.
You cannot just snap out of depression however it is treatable. Talking therapy is a very effective way to work through depression.

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What is Stress?

Stress is a natural response to the demands and pressures of everyday life. It can be triggered by external events, such as a deadline at work, a conflict with a friend, or a significant life change, as well as internal factors, such as worry or expectations. When we perceive a situation as challenging or threatening, our bodies and minds react with a series of physiological and psychological responses known as the stress response.
The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship. However, anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful. This includes positive events such as getting married, buying a house, or going to college. Stress is different for everyone, what may cause you stress might not faze another person.
There long term and short term stress, it’s also important to know whether it’s stress or anxiety. Speak to your GP if you’re concerned,  a psychologist or a counsellor can also help determine whether you’re suffering from stress or an anxiety disorder. Hope this post has been helpful peeps.

Symptoms of Stress

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural and adaptive response that helps us cope with stressful or dangerous situations. It is often characterized by feelings of worry, fear, and unease, and can be accompanied by physical sensations such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and trembling. While occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, experiencing intense or prolonged anxiety that interferes with daily functioning may indicate an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by excessive, uncontrollable worry or fear that can significantly impact a person’s life. These disorders can take various forms, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and more. Each type has its own set of symptoms and characteristics.
Individuals with an anxiety disorder may experience persistent and excessive worry about everyday occurrences, irrational fears or phobias, panic attacks, avoidance of certain situations or places, and physical symptoms such as muscle tension, fatigue, and gastrointestinal distress.
Like stress, anxiety is a common human experience, but when it becomes overwhelming or chronic, it can have a significant impact on a person’s well-being, relationships, and daily functioning. Treatment for anxiety disorders may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both, along with lifestyle changes and stress management techniques. Seeking professional help is important for proper diagnosis and treatment, as anxiety disorders are highly treatable, and early intervention can lead to better outcomes.

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Symptoms of Anixety

What is Trauma?

Trauma is the term used to describe how you react to an experience that overwhelms you mentally. This reaction frequently includes shock, denial, and behavioural, mental, and physical changes.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), trauma is an event you experience as harmful or life threatening. It has lasting adverse effects on your mental, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual well-being.

What is complex trauma?

Repeated trauma over time can have a compounding effect. We refer to this as complicated trauma.
Childhood trauma is frequently linked to complex trauma. Trauma in your early years can have a lasting effect on your relationships, worldview, and sense of self.

There are two categories of trauma experiences: large T and small t. A significant T event is something that most people would classify as traumatising, like a sudden and unexpected death in the family or an aircraft disaster. A small t event is something that is personally felt to be traumatic, such losing a pet or ending a relationship.