Women's Corner | Septembr 2023

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Recognizing Depression and Anxiety

Contributed by Sis Michelle Yisrael

In order to manage both diseases effectively, it is necessary to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms of both depression and anxiety, which frequently coexist.  Each person’s experience with depression is unique, however there are some common indications and symptoms. Chronic melancholy or “empty” feelings emotions of despair or pessimism and Irritability are signs of depression and anxiety.

If you are having guilty, worthless, powerless emotions, loss of enjoyment or interest in past interests or pursuits you could be depressed. If you have low energy or weariness and are experiencing a slowing down your movement or speech and if you are agitated or having difficulty remaining seated you could be on the verge of anxiety or having a panic attack. Having trouble focusing, remembering, or deciding, having trouble falling asleep, waking up early, or sleeping too much and changes in appetite and/or weight are all signs of depression and anxiety as well And of course having suicidal ideas, making a suicide attempt, or having thoughts of death are signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

For those who suffer from anxiety disorders, the anxiety is frequently ongoing and might worsen over time. Their regular lives may be hampered by the symptoms.

The following are some of the most prevalent anxiety symptoms and signs:

  • excessive anxiety and terror
  • mouth ache
  • tense muscles
  • Nausea
  • abnormal heartbeat
  • trouble sleeping
  • avoidant, circumspect behavior
  • Fear strikes

You might have an anxiety disorder if you encounter these symptoms for six months or longer, so don’t be afraid to seek help. Depression and anxiety are two separate mental health conditions. Every one has a unique collection of symptoms. For instance, a person with anxiety may worry or fear too much, whereas a person with depression may feel hopeless all the time. Although, they frequently link with one another. As a sign of their mood condition, depression can cause anxiety symptoms in some people, and over time, a persistent anxiety disorder can cause depression in others.

Three powerful scriptures to help ease depression

  1. “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18)
  2. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  3. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Read more. Find out what the Bible says about depression and how to combat it. Study and reflect on Scripture that will inspire you to have joy and serenity despite difficult situations and emotions. You can beat depression with God’s assistance.