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Anxiety, Depression and Stress Management

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 25% (85 million) of American adults experience depression, anxiety or another mental disorder in any given year.


Did you know that anxiety is the number one reason people seek out psychiatric treatment? See if you have any of the following anxiety symptoms:

Trembling, feeling shaky or restless, muscle tension

Shortness of breath; feeling like you are smothering

Rapid heartbeat

Sweating, cold hands and/or feet

Lightheadedness or dizziness; feeling as if your head might explode

Tingling sensations

Diarrhea, frequent urination or both

Feeling as if things aren’t real; feeling like you are outside your body

Problems falling asleep; can’t shut off the flood of thoughts

Difficulty paying attention or concentrating

Feeling nervous, edgy or tense

What does anxiety feel like?

  • Uncomfortable; jittery inside; body feels tense
  • Uneasy; feel nervous; weak legs or weak all over
  • Feel unsure of yourself; self-doubt


Approximately 6.7% (22 million) of adults in the U.S. experience at least one episode of depression each year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression carries the heaviest burden of disability of all the mental disorders.

Have you experienced 5 or more of the following symptoms for a period of 2 weeks or longer?

A mood that feels extremely low, sad or empty

A loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable

Extremes of appetite which lead to weight gain or loss (too much or very little)

Extremes of sleep (too much or very little)

Agitation and/or restlessness

Excessive fatigue or lack of energy which doesn’t get better with sleep

Feelings of worthlessness; inappropriate or extreme guilt

Poor thinking or concentration; indecisiveness

Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

The Impact of Depression on Daily Life

  • Mild depression can make us less productive and interfere with relationships.
  • Moderate to severe depression can be extremely debilitating.
    • Examples: Don’t get out of bed or take a shower for several days at a time; become unable to complete routine tasks at work or home
  • It feels as if you are “carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
  • Feel like crawling into a dark pit to escape from everyone and everything.
  • It becomes extremely difficult to fulfill basic responsibilities or tasks each day.

Stress Management

Do you frequently feel hurried, pressured or stressed and think there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done? Do you have trouble falling asleep because you are thinking of all the things that have to be done tomorrow? You might be experiencing stress overload.

How many of the following indicators of stress overload do you experience?

Heart rate speeds up

Sweating; hands shaking (or the whole body)

Feel nervous or tense; “butterflies in the stomach”

Dry mouth

Have to urinate frequently or might have diarrhea

Difficulty thinking or making decisions; poor judgment

Difficulty controlling your hands or other body movements

Not able to perform familiar tasks as well as usual

Changes in appetite; long-term tiredness or fatigue

Having frequent colds or infections; can’t seem to get over an illness

Persistent physical problems such as headaches, asthma, stomach problems, back pain, skin break outs, sexual problems


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