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Reading the signs of Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety And Panic Disorder

Over the course of a lifetime:

5% of adults will experience generalized anxiety disorder.

17% of adults will experience depression.

So, how to diagnose the symptoms of depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety or panic disorder? It's not easy. In fact, many people live with these disorders for years without even knowing it. Let's take a look at some of the differentiating symptoms:

Symptoms of Depression Include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, guilty or down most of the day, every day for weeks or months
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite and/or weight
  • Fatigue or trouble sleeping
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feelings of isolation from family and friends
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Think you may have depression? Talk to your doctor.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Include:

  • Overwhelming worry more days than not for at least 6 months
  • The intensity, duration or frequency of the anxiety is far out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared event
  • Feeling restless or "on edge"
  • Muscle tension

Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder Include:

  • Fear and/or avoidance of social or performance situations or else endured with intense anxiety or distress
  • Excessive fear of being watched or judged by others
  • Acknowledgment that the fear is excessive or unreasonable, but unable to overcome it

Symptoms of Panic Disorder Include:

  • Feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning (often accompanied by physical symptoms i.e. racing heart, sweating, and nausea)
  • Feeling like you're "losing control" or even dying
  • Agoraphobia. This is the anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult, or in which help my not be available in the event of having a panic attack.

Think you may have a chronic anxiety disorder? Talk to your doctor.

It's important to remember that what makes these symptoms different from ordinary experience is (1) they're lasting; (2) they cause you significant distress; and (3) they're interfering with your life and happiness. If you think you may have depression or a chronic anxiety disorder, it's also important to remember that earlier you share your feelings with your doctor, the closer you get to peace of mind. Reading through the "3 key Truths about depression and chronic anxiety disorder" is a great first step.