More than 19 million Americans suffer each year from clinical depression. It can happen to anyone. Depression is more than just sadness and not personal weakness. Depression is a medical illness for which you should seek help.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Loss of pleasure in daily life
- Sad, anxious, or empty mood
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Changes in weight and appetite
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty, hopeless, or worthless
- Physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Sadness and depression are frequently confused, but are not the same thing.
If you experience these symptoms, talk to your health care provider and see our page on getting help. If you have thoughts of death or suicide, call the toll-free, 24-hour hot line of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences as part of normal, everyday life. Anxiety can be positive. It gets our attention and helps us to avoid harm. But when anxiety becomes irrational, uncontrollable, or overwhelming and/or it interferes with daily live then it is beyond normal and may be an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
To help manage daily anxiety:
- Assess and take action to reduce stress
- Set realistic goals for what to accomplish each day
- Reward yourself for your accomplishments
- Eat healthy foods and be physically active
- Spend time outdoors in green spaces
- Turn to trusted friends and colleagues
- Practice relaxation exercises
- Learn more about getting help
One of the most important things to remember about depression and anxiety – or any other mental health issue – there is nothing to be ashamed of and no reason to hide. Whether it is yourself or someone you love, work with, or a student in your classroom – help is available. Please reach out.