Overview

Depression and anxiety can impact individuals of any age. People with depression frequently also suffer from anxiety.
Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder. It is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person’s family,
work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. Depression is typically characterized by low mood,
low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, and it can serve as a prompt to deal with difficult situations. However, when
anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is characterized by emotional, physical, and behavioural symptoms that create an unpleasant feeling typically described as uneasiness, fear, or worry. The worry is frequently accompanied by physical symptoms, especially fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, and hot flashes.

Symptoms

• Sleep disorders (too much or too little)
• Shifts in appetite and weight (too much or too little)
• Irritability or anxiety
• Chronic physical symptoms, including pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, etc.
• Loss of energy and fatigue
• Feelings of persistent sadness, guilt, hopelessness, or loss of self-worth
• Thinking difficulties, such as memory loss, challenges concentrating or making decisions
• Thoughts of death or suicide