How are Depression and Anxiety Linked?
“Depression affects everyone differently, but there are some common symptoms, including feeling low-spirited, restless, irritable, seeing no point in the future, feeling numb and disconnected from other people, gaining no pleasure from things usually enjoyed and losing interest in sex.” He said severe depression can be ‘debilitating and even life-threatening’ as it can cause suicidal thoughts.
Stephen added: “There are treatments that help with both depression and anxiety, such as talking therapy/CBT – so the positive news is that while depression and anxiety can occur together, they can usually also be treated together. If you or someone you know may be experiencing either or both anxiety and depression, it is important to speak to someone, such as your GP or friend or family member, as soon as possible so you are not alone in dealing with it and can get the right help and support. We know mental health can be a difficult thing to talk about, especially with a GP or practice nurse, someone you might hardly know.”
New figures reveal the impact of stigma faced by those of us with a mental health problem. Results from the biggest UK wide survey into the impact of mental health stigma showed that almost two fifths – 38 per cent – of respondents had been negatively treated as a result of their mental health problem – potentially affecting millions nationwide. The independent public poll was carried out across a sample of 2,000 adults living with a range of mental health problems. Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “These figures show the devastating impact that mental health stigma continues to have on potentially millions of lives.
“We know that progress is being made in improving attitudes and reducing discrimination in some key areas of life but too many of us are still being made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions, resulting in the loss of what means the most – our friends, our families, our jobs. The good news is that being open about mental health, and ready to listen, can make a positive difference and potentially change lives. Time to Talk Day is a great reason for everyone to get involved and become part of our movement to change how we all think and act about mental health.”
Words by Olivia Lerche