Defining Your Feelings
Updated: Apr 5
Depression- Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can just go away on its own. The signs and symptoms of depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting, loss of appetite, weight loss, or overeating. If you feel this criteria fits how you are feeling, you should consult with an adult, doctor, therapist or a religous advisor.
Anxiety- Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or unease, usually caused by an event or something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety can affect how we feel and behave and cause physical symptoms. There are many different types of anxiety such as; separation anxiety, social anxiety, and panic disorder. Physical symptoms of anxiety may be racing heart,shortness of breathe, and sweating. Emotional symptoms may include panic, feeling worried, and stress.
Other symptoms for Depression and Anxiety may include...
Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
Changes in your sleep pattern – either sleeping more or having trouble sleeping
Changes in your appetite – either eating more or eating less
Restlessness, irritability, anger
Persistent physical symptoms that don’t go away (headaches, stomach aches)
Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Feeling tired and not having energy to get things done
Feeling guilty or worthless
Everyday situations cause worry and you feel overwhelmed
With anxiety - Feeling lightheaded or out of breath, chest pain, racing heartbeat
A sense of doom – that something bad is going to happen