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If you're experiencing anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to take the first step in getting help. Support from your family, friends and/or a health professional can get you started on the road to recovery.
Do I have anxiety?
Given that we all experience some anxiety at some point in time, it can sometimes be hard to know how much is too much. Anxious feelings are a normal reaction to a high-pressure situation – for example, meeting work deadlines, sitting exams or speaking in public. However, for some people these anxious feelings happen for no apparent reason or continue long after the stressful event has passed.
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. To be diagnosed with anxiety, it must have a disabling impact on your life.
There are different types of anxiety. Take a look at the various signs and symptoms and complete the anxiety and depression checklist (K10).
Do I have depression?
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for extended periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason.
Depression affects how you feel about yourself. You may lose interest in work, hobbies and the things you normally enjoy. You may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep much more than usual. You may feel irritable and lack concentration. Depression makes it more difficult to manage from day to day.
For more than TWO WEEKS have you:
- felt sad, down or miserable most of the time?
- lost interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities?
If you answered YES to either of these questions, take a look at the common signs and symptoms and complete the anxiety and depression checklist (K10).
Partners, family and friends
Partners, family and friends can play an important role in the recovery process. Are you concerned about someone in your life?