How To Defeat Anxiety And Depression

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In learning how to defeat depression and anxiety it is important to know usually, anxiety comes first and depression may follow. Anxiety, which has been brought on by a very sad event in one's life brings on depression. Depression is a very serious emotional disorder. However, it is quite common and very treatable.


In the old days, depression was mistaken for mental breakdown or some type of insanity. Depression is not any type of insanity at all, nor is it a mental illness. Depression is a nervous illness, complicated by a very sad state of mind. This sad state of mind is not due to an individual's weakness, or an inability to think. It is due to the fact that once an anxiety disorder takes hold of a person's life, any event that brings him down, becomes very disturbing.


Depression is often accompanied by all the manifestations of an anxiety disorder. Many times, people suffering depression also will suffer anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are more or less short spells of severe panic or terror that a person experiences and are initiated by the person's extremely nervous state.


A person with depression becomes obsessed with some event in his life. A person who is not suffering an anxiety disorder may have a very sad event take place in his life. Perhaps it is a divorce; perhaps it is a death to a loved one, or anything else that would normally make one sad. To a person who is not suffering anxiety, the event is shaken off in a matter of weeks or sometimes months. To a person with an anxiety disorder, shaking off such an event is impossible.


The combination of anxiety and depression often may bring on guilt. A person with an anxiety disorder will often feel responsible in some way for the sad event in his life. However, there is no way he has any responsibility. It's just that his anxiety disorder is playing tricks on him.


If the depression is mild enough, it may ease with time and someday disappear. However, an anxiety disorder may still remain and that would need to treated. If the depression is not so mild, therapy may be necessary. With the therapy the patient would receive medication and analysis.


There are times depression is serious enough that electroshock therapy is needed. This is a drastic measure and every possible avenue would be explored before this electroshock therapy was implemented.


It may be possible to stop depression in its early stages by recognizing the anxiety and treating the anxiety with such techniques as progressive relaxation, diet, exercise and other early-stage anxiety treatments.


Depression can be cured relatively easily if, as in many other illnesses, it is properly diagnosed in its early stages.