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What is anxiety

by Don Norum

  • Are you frequently in a depressed mood?
  • Do you feel inadequate - lack confidence?
  • Do you feel guilty and blame yourself?
  • Are you having body aches and pains?
  • Are you losing interest - lacking motivation to do things?

Stressful situations can affect your mood

You might feel sad, unhappy, frustrated, anxious or inadequate as you ruminate about a depressing situation. Usually the thoughts pass or something more important comes to your attention and the mood passes within a few hours or longer depending on the situation.

More stress can intensify a depressed mood physically and emotionally.

Sometimes problems, one's attitude, or a busy schedule with too many demands intensifies the depressed mood. If the low mood continues, it can bring on both physical and emotional symptoms such as:

  • negative thinking
  • fatigue
  • lack of motivation
  • poor sleeping or eating
  • difficulty concentrating
  • withdrawn behavior
  • headaches
  • stomach problems
  • body aches and pains in your, muscles, joints, limbs or back

This may last a few days or longer before the mood passes. You may have physical symptoms and not realize they are physical stress reactions contributing to your depression.

Serious depression

Depression affects about 20 percent of people each year. The depressed mood becomes a serious depression when the mood persists for weeks and then months, interfering with your daily routine.

You may not always know why you're depressed. A person experiencing depression has more difficulty getting over depressing situations. They dwell on the negative thoughts, lacking healthy, positive thinking that can put the negative thoughts in perspective.

Social support

It is good to reach out to family or friends when you are in a depressed mood that persists. Interaction and support with others can make a big difference. Consider reading about healthy, positive thinking to improve your mood. If you can't get over your depressed moods, contact your doctor or Aurora Behavioral Health for resources to deal with depressive symptoms.

Treatment of depression

Studies on the treatment of depression show that psychotherapy, particularly cognitive psychotherapy, can be as effective as medication. Studies also show psychotherapy is more effective in preventing relapse than medication. Often a combination of psychotherapy and medication is the best treatment for depression.

Take the depression self assessment. If your score is high consider talking with your family doctor or call Behavioral Health at 414-773-4312 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.