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Depression and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

A brief summary of symptoms associated with both depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is highly escalating in the America, and taking over many lives per year.

Today anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status, can suffer from depression.  It is estimated that 19 million American adults suffer from depression every year. Depression is not a weakness or a character flaw, but a real medical illness and with proper treatment, 4 out of 5 patients will improve if they seek proper treatment. 

People who suffer from depression are not just moody or feel down for a few days; some experience long periods of being sad and even lose interest in any social or daily activities.  Some feel like they have no energy or lack in concentration, as depression also changes the way a person thinks, feels; and behaves. 

The causes of depression defer for all and are not always clear, but in some cases it is cause by some sort of major trauma, an event or for no reason at all.  Even genetics may play a role for not providing your brain with enough serotonin. 

Dealing with depression can be stressful, not to mention challenging but it is treatable with therapy and medicine, so hope is not totally lost.  If you think you are suffering from depression please see a clinician or visit www.WebMD.com  for further info on symptoms and other causes.  Remember the earlier you seek treatment the better you will feel, and if you follow-up with therapy even more so as only a true clinician or therapist can truly be helpful.

Another issue we shall go into is GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), which is a fairly common anxiety problem that affects 3-4% of the population each year.  It is an illness that also requires attention from a qualified clinician.  The symptoms associated with GAD are persistent worry and tension sometimes associated with every day issues, and the stresses in life in general.  It is also determined that the high level of anxiety felt can make every day activities difficult or even impossible. 

The main symptom of GAD is an overly exaggerated or unbelievable state of worry and anxiety which mostly focuses on health, family, work or money issues.  The main thing is that even though the individuals who suffer from GAD know they are overreacting and that their anxiety is excessive they are simply unable to control it, to them the thought of just getting through the day can provoke an anxiety attack, the persistent worrying characteristics of GAD is very hard to control and does indeed interferes with their daily lives.  Many GAD sufferers are unable to relax, and may even get scared easily.  In addition, GAD can be accompanied by physical symptoms, like fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal problems; and tension.  

GAD does not happen suddenly, but does develop after time.  The following are some ways of testing yourself if you suffer from GAD, and if you do have any of the symptoms mentioned, please seek help as soon as possible these feelings can be eased if you follow the right treatment plan, and you are not weak for admitting it.  Anyone suffering from depression can’t control it, patience is a must.  If you are involved with someone who suffers from it support is very important, and I hope this article better helped you understand they cannot control it.

The presence of 3 or more of the following symptoms, some of which are present for over half the days in the past 6 months:

· Tiring easily

· Irritability

· Increased muscle tension

· Trouble sleeping i.e., insomnia, restlessness, not enough sleep

· Feeling restless, edgy, and wired up.

However, symptoms of GAD defer from person to person so please don’t take the above list literally, and you don’t have to have all the above symptoms to suffer from it, and can sometimes be difficult to determine.  The best way to determine if you suffer from either depression or GAD is always to see a physician.  Some health sites, WebMD in particular can even allow you to take a self –test so you can see if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, but can also enable you to print your answers, so you may later discuss it with your doctor.

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  1. well researched article, thanks for the helpful information.

  2. A very well written and helpful article. Depression can be an insidious condition. I hope this information will help those suffering from it.

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