Depression And Anxiety Essay

explanatory Essay
1171 words
1171 words

Introduction: Depression and anxiety are two of the most prominent and often discussed struggles in our current culture. Many people at one time or another will feel the effects of depression and anxiety in their own lives. Due to the varying intensities of these struggles, some people may just take time and move beyond them naturally, others will seek help for a short time, where others may seek more serious medical treatment. This is why it is crucial to understand the levels of depression and anxiety as well as how to help determine the severity of the case so as best to assist a patient. Defining Depression and Anxiety: Anxiety is defined as “a negative mood state characterized by bodily symptoms of physical tension, and apprehension …show more content…

The physical symptoms can range from muscle tension, increased heart rate, rapid and difficult breathing that leads to chest pains, sweating and dizziness. These same symptoms can be found after running a difficult race which is why it is tremendously important to assess the patient’s circumstances when assessing the physical symptoms. The more distinctive physical effects are things such as ulcers, fatigue, loss of appetite, a change in the patient’s blood pressure and increased muscle tension. The psychological symptoms include agitation, difficulty concentrating, lack of sleep, and the most pertinent: overwhelming sensitivity to problems, whether real or perceived, that leads to excessive worrying and possibly even panic attacks. It is clear that anxiety can severely effect a patient’s ability to be a productive member of society and enjoy life. Not all anxiety is negative. The Dalai Lama once said, "Once you 've been bitten by a snake, you are very cautious even of a coiled rope." This is a great example of the manner in which anxiety can serve a person to be careful, cautious, and considerate when moving through what can be perceived as dangerous terrain. Anxiety also provides fuel for humanity to take actions in planning and developing for the future. In this way, a counselor must understand what is a healthy sense of awareness of danger and future expectations and …show more content…

The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 350 million people in world who struggle with depression. It is also the leading cause of disability worldwide. Similar to anxiety, depression effects people of all races, ages, and genders however it has been shown that women are more likely to be effected than men. Depression is growing problem. Specifically in America, approximately 17% of adults will suffer through a season of depression at some time in their lives. This rate has been increasing since 1915 and the trend shows that it will continue to do

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that depression and anxiety are two of the most prominent and often discussed struggles in our current culture.
  • Explains that neurotic anxiety is characterized by the "exaggerated feelings of helplessness and dread even when the danger is mild or non-existent."
  • Explains that anxiety is a negative mood state characterized by bodily symptoms of physical tension. it does not have an age range, gender, or racial preference and can be seen in animals and humans.
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