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About 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. That is a staggering figure.
This 16-question depression quiz (Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology) can help identify common symptoms of depression and their severity and help you determine if you need treatment for depression. It was developed by John Rush, MD, a leading psychiatrist from the University of Texas Medical Center.
What is the difference between conditions and problems? "Conditions are relatively permanent and unchangeable situations over which we have limited control. Problems, by contrast, are short-term and fixable. Don’t confuse them.” Said Dr. Loren Siffring, a retired medical doctor and now full-time pastor, author, and artist who understands both mental and medical conditions. He has mentored and counseled hundreds of people over the past 40 years.
Anxiety is a novel concept in society. Millions of people all over the world struggle with symptoms related to anxiety every day.
Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. Sometimes, just thinking about the things you should do to feel better, like exercising or spending time with friends, can seem exhausting or impossible to put into action.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day regarding authenticity—a value that I place close to my heart. It seems, in these times of “fake news” and the questioning of the integrity of many of the systems around us, the idea of living an authentic life is sometimes met with a shrug.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
Do you struggle with depression? Looking for practical coping strategies? If the answer is yes, you aren’t alone. As an aspect of my OCD, I’ve battled the blues my entire life.