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Anxiety Vs Despression and Then comes the Triggers

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

Happy October Happy new month to you all!! Gosh chapter 10 of 12 is here already. Autumn, pumpkin spice, and warm smells of cinnamon and nutmeg are usually lingering around this time of year. I don’t know where the time is going! I do hope you are all well? It’s not too cold so hope you’re making the most of the mild weather we are having.

It’s been another challenging time for me, but I’m staying positive and staying focused on what I can control.

I have been diagnosed with a bone condition where my bone in my wrist is thinning, it’s very painful and it’s preventing me from leading a normal life. This too shall pass and I’m keeping active and eating right.

Recently I had been pushed into the corner of anxiety and was sent into a spiral of anxieties; it wasn’t nice and these triggers out here are real! My daughter is six almost seven, she has witnessed me so many times in a state of panic and fear.

Maybe because she’s living with it daily and she sees it but, she gets it. She totally understands from her own perspective. she said ‘mummy you really do struggle with anxiety, try and stay calm I’m here.’ All I could do was smile at that that moment and look at her with my heart full. I wanted to cry but held back the tears and gave her a cuddle instead. I managed to say to tell her that I was trying my best.

How has your children coped with growing up with an anxious parent? (feel free to leave comments.)

What are the difference between anxiety and depression?

Depression is one illness but has lots of different symptoms and anxiety can look different in different people. We can all experience anxieties in life, but it can become problematic when we face anxiety everyday. A generalised anxiety disorder may effect four out of five in every 100 people in the UK.

Anxiety and depression can effect you emotionally and physically, we become less engaged and loose interest in the things we find enjoying.

Mood and feelings that we may experience with depression are:

  • Guilt

  • Helplessness

  • Low self esteem/ confidence/ worthlessness

  • Negative thoughts/ death/ suicide

People with anxiety experience phobias and anxiety attacks, along side excessive worrying all the time having difficulty controlling feelings.

Feelings of worry can consume your thoughts regularly and people worry about various types of things. Other feelings people may experience are:

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Increased heart rate

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Shortness of breath

Are to name a few feelings.

Common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy

  • shortness of breath

  • dry mouth

  • sweating

  • chills or hot flashes

  • apprehension and worry

  • restlessness

  • distress

  • fear

  • numbness or tingling

Finding your own way of dealing with anxiety is very important, people around us that are not medically trained can easily say have you tried this, that or the other, but we are the ones who are going through it. Speak with your doctor or therapist about techniques if you are not sure what techniques to use.

Living with severe anxiety where:

  • Struggling to get out of bed

  • Repeating tasks to ease fear

  • Finding it hard to maintain relationships

  • Racing thoughts

  • Fear of what will happen the next day

  • Eating too much or too little

  • Difficulty in going to sleep or staying asleep

If you are are experiencing any of these symptoms, then please seek advice and support from your doctor and theripist.

I have been looking up hypersensitive person as my triggers are showing signs of some of the characteristics. If you are unsure of what hypersensitive personality is then now is the time to look it up.

Hypersenitive Person’s tend to experience some of the following features:

  • Sensitivity to lights and sounds.

  • Sensitivity to caffeine and medications.

  • Feelings of overwhelm in crowded places.

  • Feeling more drained than others after spending time with people.

  • Affected by the energy and moods of the people around them.

Again, if you have noticed any similarities, and it’s causing you concerns then please get advice from a therapist or your doctor.

I’m bringing this to people’s attention not to scare or make individuals panic, but to bring awareness and to get an understanding of your wellbeing.

If there is anything I have mentioned and you aren’t sure about, then please feel free to contact me, your therapist or your doctor.

You are amazing and you’re doing great!

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