Depression, cont.'

...emotionally-driven eating, loss of energy, impaired concentration or memory, disturbed sleep, feelings of worthlessness, and sometimes preoccupation with suicide or death. Children, adolescents, and adults experience depression. These symptoms interfere with the tasks of daily living (sleeping, grooming, eating, attending work/school) and can last for weeks, months, or years.

      Several factors can predispose an individual to depression: a history of familial depression, chronic illness (e.g. diabetes, chronic pain), or major life stressors (e.g. death of a loved one, divorce or job loss). Research shows that those who are depressed often experience multiple major life stressors simultaneously.


Anxiety, cont.'

...Common anxiety symptoms include racing heart, sweaty palms, panic "attacks" dizziness, trembling,, muscle aches, feelings of impending doom, or a choking sensation. Children also experience anxiety symptoms although they may manifest in poor academic performance, irritability, illness, school refusal, difficulty making friends, and hypersensitivity to criticism.

     There are several subtypes of psychological conditions within the category of anxiety disorders. These include Posttraumatic Stress, Panic with Agorophobia, Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety disorders are quite common and very easily treated.


Stress, cont.'

...tances the individual perceives as unresolvable.

     "Good" or "bad" stress can trigger the physiological "fight or flight" response which is manifested by any of these physical symptoms: cold hands, rapid heart beat, sweaty palms, anxiety, forgetfulness, shakiness, headaches, muscle tension, or stomach upset. These symptoms are signals to help a person recognize "stress overload" in order to reduce the stress triggers in their lives.

      Coping strategies that may help reduce "bad" stress are regular exercise, asserting and expressing feelings, yoga or meditation, time management, and limiting refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol consumption.