Anxiety depression syndrome won't discriminate according to sex, age, race or religion. Anyone can get it but not everyone takes the all too important steps to get treatment for the condition. While women are more likely to struggle with the condition, men can too, but women usually recognize that something is wrong enough that they need help. Many men try to work through it on their own and are slower to seek assistance.
The trouble begins when people try to pass what they're experiencing off as being normal even when the feelings linger. It isn't uncommon to have a wide swing in emotion - from sadness to joy, from anxiety to feeling blue.
What separates a more serious condition from the normal is when the feelings just won't go away. If you have a life event and you feel stuck in that event or you battle a depression that sticks with you, it's not likely to go away all on its own. If that sounds like something you or a loved one has in your life right now, it's time to make an appointment with the doctor.
Some people don't want to seek help for anxiety depression syndrome because they think it'll make people think they have a mental disorder or it means they 'can't handle' their problems. Suffering from this syndrome does not mean you have a mental disorder nor does it mean that your problems are more than you can take.
It only means that at this point in life, your body isn't up to speed enough to handle what's going on. There are so many factors that play a part in causing the syndrome that there's no reason to fault yourself. You don't know that the condition wasn't brought on by a health problem, which is why it's imperative to see the doctor.
Physical results of living with this chronic condition untreated can vary from person to person. They can also appear in random order, a few at a time or all at once. Some of the main symptoms of the condition are tension throughout the body, insomnia, shaking, painful headaches and an overall feeling of illness. Most people know what anxiety is and they know what depression is. What exactly does it mean when you have this combined syndrome?
The word syndrome means that things are happening at the same time. It's all the symptoms that go hand in hand with a disease or a condition. Anxiety depression syndrome has different symptoms that can let you know if you might have the condition.
One of the main hallmarks for this is when a person persists in a state of worry even when there's nothing to worry about. It can be fear and anxiety with no foundation under it. Just because the fear and anxiety can be for things that haven't happened does not mean that what you feel isn't real.
What Can You Do?
Your physician or your mental health professional will of course advise you about medical and cognitive or emotional health issues. And there are some things you can do on your own which can impact the anxiety depression syndrome.
If you have been following the brain fitness discoveries at all in the last two years, then you have seen the words neurogenesis and neuroplasticity.
Neurogenesis refers to the growth of new neurons on a daily basis, which no one knew we human's could do even 15 years ago, and neuroplasticity refers to the connections neurons make when they learn something new. Those new connections can happen within moments of the exposure, so it turns out that the brain is much more dynamic than we knew, and that dynamism can be encouraged, should encouraged every day by living a brain fit lifestyle.
When I live a brain fit lifestyle, I will be building the internal platform which will equip me to handle the anxiety depression syndrome.
What are the pillars of brain fitness?
Physical exercise, nutrition including lots of omega 3 fatty acid and antioxidants, getting good sleep, stress management, and novel learning experiences.
If you want to check out an excellent guide, then please read Brainfit for Life by Simon Evans,Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D. The good news is that the intensity of your physical exercise, for example, does not have to be of Olympic caliber.
However your attention to the pillars does have to be daily to garner the best results.
Not sure about you, but I can give muster up the commitment to do some exercise, and some online computerized brain fitness programs, for example, if it makes my brain bigger.
Bigger is better when it comes to brains, as far as I am concerned. And I do want to make some recommendations as far as stress management and computerized brain fitness programs go.
I have used a heart rate variability biofeedback program for 11 years with hundreds of clients and excellent results and I love the brain fitness programs I have linked to below. They have helped make this 62 year old brain larger, with better attention, and less forgetfulness.
So you can counteract the anxiety depression syndrome by taking care of your brain.