Anxiety or Depression

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems in areas of their life, such as social interactions, school, and work. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

A child with Anxiety might:

Feel restless, wound-up, or on-edge • Be easily fatigued and Have difficulty concentrating; mind go blank or Be irritable • Have muscle tension Difficulty controlling feelings of worry and  Have sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

A child with Depression might display:

Irritability or anger • Fatigue and low energy •  Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness or Social withdrawal • Increased sensitivity to rejection •  Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep • Vocal outbursts or crying • Difficulty concentrating • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment

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