SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

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SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION- Everyone feels sad or worried from time to time. Such emotions are both natural and unavoidable. People worry about their children, bills, aging parents, jobs, and health. And most people have shed a tear or two watching a sad movie or a news story about a poignant tragedy. That’s normal. A little bit of anxiety and depression is part of everyday life. But when sadness fills most of your days or worries saturate your mind, that’s not so normal.

You may be experiencing a real problem with depression or anxiety.

  • Anxiety and depression can affect how you think, behave, feel, and relate to others.
  • The discussion and quizzes in this chapter help you figure out how depression and anxiety affect your life.
  • When you understand what’s going on, you can start doing something about it.
  •  Don’t freak out if the quizzes in this chapter reveal that you have a few symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • Most people do.
  • We let you know if you should be concerned. 
  • If your symptoms are numerous and severe or your life seems out of control, you should consult your primary care physician or mental health professional.
  • These quizzes aren’t meant to replace trained mental health professionals they’re the only people who can really diagnose your problem. 

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Dwelling on Dismal and Worried Thoughts 

  • If you were able to listen in on the thoughts that reverberate through a depressed person’s head, you might hear “I’m a failure,” “My future looks bleak,” “Things just keep on getting worse,” or “I regret so many things in my life.” 
  • On the other hand, the thoughts of an anxious person might sound like “I’m going to make a fool out of myself when I give that speech,” “I never know what to say at parties,” “The freeway scares me to death,” “I know that the odds of a plane crash are small, but flying scares me,” or “I’m going have a nervous breakdown if my editor doesn’t like what I write.”

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Analyzing Angst and Preparing a Plan 

  • Thoughts influence the way you feel.
  • The very darkest thoughts usually lead to depression, whereas anxiety usually stems from thoughts about being judged or hurt.
  • And, of course, people often have both types of thoughts. 
  • Do your thoughts dwell on the dark, dismal, or scary aspects of life?
  • Take the quiz in Worksheet 1-1 to determine if your thoughts reflect a problem with anxiety or depression.
  • Put a checkmark next to an item if you feel the statement applies to you. 

The Negative Thinking Quiz 

  •  1. Things are getting worse and worse for me. 
  •  2. I worry all the time. 
  •  3. I think I’m worthless. 
  •  4. I never know what to say. 
  •  5. No one would miss me if I were dead. 
  •  6. I’m afraid that I’ll get sick. 
  •  7. I think I’m a failure. 
  •  8. My thoughts race, and I obsess about things. 

  •  9. I don’t look forward to much of anything. 
  •  10. I get really nervous around people I don’t know. 
  •  11. The world would be better off without me. 
  •  12. Thoughts about past trauma keep rolling through my mind. 
  •  13. I find it impossible to make decisions. 
  •  14. I can’t stand it when I’m the center of attention. 
  •  15. My life is full of regrets. 

  •  16. I can’t stand making mistakes. 
  •  17. I don’t see things getting any better in the future. 
  •  18. I worry about my health all the time. 
  •  19. I’m deeply ashamed of myself. 
  •  20. I over-prepare for everything. 

Although these thoughts can occur to someone who’s either depressed or anxious (or both),

  • The odd-numbered items are most indicative of depression, and the even-numbered items reflect anxious thinking.
  • There’s no pass or fail mark on this quiz.
  • However, the more items you endorse, the more you have cause for concern; specifically, if you check more than eight or ten items, you should think seriously about addressing your condition.
  • At the same time, if you very strongly believe in any of these items, you just may have too much anxiety or depression.
  • If you have any thoughts of suicide or utter hopelessness, you should consult your primary care physician or a mental health professional immediately.

 Sorting Out Signs of Anxiety and Depression

Walking in Quicksand: Apprehensive and Blue Behavior 

  • If you were to follow a depressed or anxious person around, you might see some behavioral signs of their emotional turmoil.
  • That’s because depression and anxiety on the inside affect what people do on the outside.
  • For example, a depressed person may look tired, move slowly, or withdraw from friends and family; an anxious person may avoid socializing or have a trembling voice. 
  • Take the quiz in Worksheet 1-2 to see if your behavior indicates a problem with anxiety and/or depression. Check off each statement that applies to you. 

 The Distraught Behavior Quiz 

  •  1. I’ve been crying for no clear reason. 
  •  2. I pace around when I’m worried. 
  •  3. Sometimes I can’t make myself get out of bed. 
  •  4. I avoid going into crowded areas. 
  •  5. I can’t seem to make myself exercise. 
  •  6. I avoid risks because I’m afraid of failure. 
  •  7. I don’t do things for fun lately. 
  •  8. I always play things on the safe side. 

  •  9. I’ve been missing work lately because I just don’t have the motivation. 
  •  10. I’m really fidgety. 
  •  11. I’ve been doing everything at a much slower pace for no good reason. 
  •  12. I avoid people or places that remind me of a bad experience. 
  •  13. I don’t care what I look like anymore. 
  •  14. I spend too much time making sure I look okay. 
  •  15. I don’t laugh anymore. 

  •  16. My hands shake when I’m nervous. 
  •  17. I’ve been letting things go that I need to attend to. 
  •  18. I feel compelled to repeat actions
  • (such as hand washing, checking locks, arranging things in a certain way, and so on). 

Again, there’s no pass or fail on this quiz. The more items you check, the greater the problem. Even-numbered items are most consistent with anxiety, and odd-numbered items largely indicate depression. And, of course, like many people, you may have symptoms of both types of problems. 

Feeling Funky 

Depression and anxiety inevitably produce physical symptoms. In fact, some people primarily suffer from changes in appetite, sleep, energy, or pain while reporting a few problematic thoughts or behaviors. These symptoms directly affect your body, but they’re not as easily observed by other people as the behavioral signs covered in the preceding section. 

Analyzing Angst and Preparing a Plan 

Take The Sad, Stressed Sensations Quiz in Worksheet 1-3 to see if your body is trying to tell you something about your emotional state. 

 The Sad, Stressed Sensations Quiz 

  •  1. I have no appetite. 
  •  2. My palms sweat all the time. 
  •  3. I wake up too early each morning and can’t go back to sleep. 
  •  4. I’ve been experiencing a lot of nausea and diarrhea. 
  •  5. I’ve been sleeping a lot more than usual. 
  •  6. I feel shaky all over. 
  •  7. I’ve been having lots of aches and pains for no good reason. 
  •  8. When I’m nervous, my chest feels tight. 
  •  9. I have had no energy lately. 
  •  10. My heart races when I’m tense. 

  •  11. I’ve been constipated a lot more often than usual. 
  •  12. I feel like I can’t catch my breath. 
  •  13. I’m eating all the time lately. 
  •  14. My hands are often cold and clammy. 
  •  15. I’ve lost my sex drive. 
  •  16. Sometimes I hyperventilate. 
  •  17. Every move I make takes more effort lately. 
  •  18. I get dizzy easily. 

The symptoms in this quiz can also result from various physical illnesses, drugs in your medicine cabinet, or even your three-cup coffee fix in the morning. Be sure to consult your primary care physician if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms in The Sad, Stressed Sensations Quiz.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup once a year and more frequently if you experience noticeable changes in your body. 

Although physical sensations overlap in anxiety and depression, even-numbered items in the quiz above are most consistent with anxiety, and the odd-numbered items usually plague those with depression. There’s no cutoff point for indicating a problem. The more statements you check off, though, the worse your problem. 

SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Reflecting upon Relationships 

When you’re feeling down or distressed for any length of time, odds are that your relationships with those around you will take a hit. Although you may think that your depression  or anxiety affects only you, it impacts your friends, family, lovers, co-workers, and  

acquaintances. 

Take the quiz in Worksheet 1-4 to see if your emotions are causing trouble with your relationships. Check off any statements that apply to you. 

 Sorting Out Signs of Anxiety and Depression 

The Conflicted Connections Quiz 

  •  1. I don’t feel like being with anybody. 
  •  2. I get very nervous when I meet new people. 
  •  3. I don’t feel like talking to anyone. 
  •  4. I’m overly sensitive when anyone criticizes me most slightly. 
  •  5. I’m more irritable with others than usual. 
  •  6. I worry about saying the wrong thing. 
  •  7. I don’t feel connected to anyone. 
  •  8. I worry about people leaving me. 
  •  9. I don’t feel like going out with anyone anymore. 

  •  10. I’m plagued by visions of people I care about getting hurt. 
  •  11. I’ve withdrawn from everyone. 
  •  12. I feel uptight in crowds, so I stay at home. 
  •  13. I feel numb around people. 
  •  14. I always feel uncomfortable in the spotlight. 
  •  15. I feel unworthy of friendship and love. 
  •  16. Compliments make me feel uneasy. 

SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

You guessed it; there’s no cutoff score here to tell you definitively whether or not you’re anxious or depressed. But the more items you check off, the more your relationships are suffering from your anxiety, depression, or both. Odd-numbered items usually indicate problems with depression, and even-numbered items particularly accompany anxious feelings. 

Many people are a little shy or introverted.

You may feel somewhat anxious meeting new people and maybe uncomfortable in the spotlight — these feelings aren’t necessarily anything to be concerned about. However, such issues become problematic when you find yourself avoiding social activities or meeting new people because of your shyness. 

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Plotting Your Personal Problems Profile 

The Personal Problems Profile provides you with an overview of your problematic symptoms. (If you skipped the quizzes in the previous sections of this chapter, go back and take some time to complete them; your answers to those quizzes come into play in this exercise.) The profiling exercise in this section helps you identify how anxiety and depression affect you. One good thing about this profile is that you can track how these symptoms change as you progress through the rest of this book. 

Tyler, a middle-aged engineer, doesn’t consider himself depressed or plagued with any emotional problems.

But when he sees his primary care doctor, Tyler complains of fatigue, recent weight gain, and a noticeable loss in his sex drive. After ruling out physical causes, the doctor suggests that he may be depressed. “Funny,” Tyler says, “my girlfriend just bought me the Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies and said she thought I was depressed too. Maybe I’ll take a look at it.” 

 Analyzing Angst and Preparing a Plan 

When Tyler fills out his Personal Problems Profile (see Worksheet 1-5), he lists the following top ten symptoms and notes whether they indicate anxiety or depression (A or D). 

 Tyler’s Personal Problems Profile 

  1. I have had no energy lately. (D) 
  2. Every move I make takes more effort lately. (D) 
  3. I’ve lost my sex drive. (D) 
  4. I’ve been eating all the time lately. (D) 
  5. I don’t feel like being with anyone. (D) 
  6. I don’t look forward to much of anything. (D) 
  7. I find it impossible to make decisions. (D) 
  8. I worry about my health all the time. (A) 
  9. I feel shaky all over. (A) 
  10. Sometimes I can’t make myself get out of bed. (D) 

As you can see, Tyler suffers primarily from symptoms of depression. And most of these symptoms are physical in nature. Filling out his Personal Problems Profile helps Tyler see that he has a depression that he wasn’t even consciously aware of. He reflects on his discovery (see Worksheet 1-6). 

 Tyler’s Reflections 

I can see that I do have signs of depression. I didn’t realize that before. And I see that depression particularly shows up in my body. It’s affecting my energy, sex drive, and appetite. It’s also making me withdraw from my girlfriend, which I can see from my loss of sex drive and lack of desire to be with her. Apparently, I also have a few symptoms of anxiety, and I think I always have. It’s time to do something about this.  

Do your symptoms mostly involve anxiety, depression, or a mix of the two? And do they seem to mostly affect your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or relationships? Take some time to reflect on your profile. What conclusions can you draw? Record them in Worksheet 1-8. 

Choosing Your Challenge 

The next four parts of this workbook cover the areas of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. One obvious way of deciding which area to begin in is to choose the one that causes you the most problems. Or, you can work through them in order. Wherever you choose to start, you should know that all these areas interact with each other. For example, if you have anxious thoughts about being judged, you’re likely to avoid (behavior) the spotlight. And you could very well experience butterflies (feelings). Furthermore, you may be overly sensitive to criticism from others (relationships). 

 Analyzing Angst and Preparing a Plan 

Nevertheless, we find that many people like to start by tackling the problem area that best fits their personal styles. In other words, some folks are doers and others are thinkers; still, others are feelers, and some are relaters. Use the Personal Style Questionnaire in Worksheet 1-9 to pinpoint and understand your preferred style. 

 Personal Style Questionnaire 

Thinkers 

  •  I like facts and numbers. 
  •  I tend to be a very logical person. 
  •  I’m a planner. 
  • I like to think through problems. 
  • I carefully weigh costs and benefits before I act. 

Doers 

  •  I can’t stand sitting around and thinking. 
  • And I like to take action on problems. 
  •  I like accomplishing things each day. 
  • Also, I like plowing through obstacles. 
  •  I act first and think later. 

Feelers 

  •  I’m a very sensuous person. 
  •  I pay a lot of attention to how I feel. 
  •  I love massages and hot baths. 
  •  Music and art are very important to me. 
  •  I’m very in touch with my feelings. 

Relaters 

  •  I’m a people person. 
  •  I’d rather be with people than anything else. 
  •  I care deeply about other people’s feelings. 
  •  I’m very empathetic. 

 Relationships are more important to me than accomplishments. 

Are you predominately a thinker, doer, feeler, or relater? If you checked considerably more items in one area than the others, you may want to start your work in the part of this workbook that corresponds to that style: 

  Thinker: Part II, Thought Therapy 

  Doer: Part III, Behavior Therapy 

  Feeler: Part IV, Physical Feelings 

  Relater: Part V, Relationship Therapy 

Sorting Out Signs of Anxiety and Depression

Knowing When to Get More Help 

Self-help tools benefit almost everyone who puts in the effort. Many people find they can overcome minor to moderate emotional problems by working with books like this one. 

Nevertheless, some difficulties require professional help, perhaps because your anxiety or depression is especially serious or because your problems are simply too complex to be addressed by self-help methods. 

Work through The Serious Symptom Checklist in Worksheet 1-10 to find out if you should seriously consider seeking treatment from a mental health professional. 50 Great Quotes Of Thomas Edison

Checking off any one item from the list means that you should strongly consider a professional consultation. Furthermore, please realize that no such list can be all-inclusive. If you’re really not sure if you need help, see a mental health professional for an assessment. 

SORTING OUT SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

 The Serious Symptom Checklist 

  •  I have thoughts about killing myself. 
  •  I feel hopeless. 
  •  My sleep has been seriously disturbed for more than two weeks (including sleeping too little or too much). 
  •  I’ve gained or lost more than a few pounds without trying to do so. 
  •  I’m ignoring major responsibilities in my life such as going to work or paying bills. 
  • And  I’m hearing voices. 
  •  Also, I’m seeing things that aren’t there. 
  •  My drug use and/or drinking are interfering with my life. 
  •  My thoughts race, and I can’t slow them down. 

  •  Someone I trust and care about has said I need help. 
  •  I’ve been getting into numerous fights or arguments. 
  •  And I’ve been making really poor decisions lately (such as making outlandish purchases or getting involved in questionable business schemes). 
  •  Lately, I’ve felt that people are out to get me. 
  •  I haven’t been able to get myself to leave the house except for absolute essentials. 
  •  I’m taking risks that I never did before. 

  •  Suddenly I feel like I’m a special person who’s capable of extraordinary things. 
  •  I’m spending considerably more time every day than I should be repeating actions such as hand washing, arranging things, and checking and rechecking things (appliances, locks, and so on). 
  •  I have highly disturbing flashbacks or nightmares about past trauma that I can’t seem to forget about. 

If you checked one or more of the statements above and you’re beginning to think that perhaps you need help, where should you go? Many people start with their family physicians, which is a pretty good idea because your doctor can also determine if your problems have a physical cause. If physical problems have been ruled out or treated and you still need help, you can: 

 Analyzing Angst and Preparing a Plan 

  Check with your state’s psychology, counseling, social work, or psychiatric association.  Call your insurance company for recommendations. Ask trusted friends or family for recommendations.

Contact your local university department of psychology, social work, counseling, or psychiatry for a referral. 

Either before or during your first session, talk to the mental health professional and ask if you’ll receive a scientifically validated treatment for anxiety or depression.

Unfortunately, some practitioners lack the necessary training in therapies that have shown effectiveness in scientific studies. And make sure whomever you see is a licensed mental health practitioner. 

At this point, you should pat yourself on the back! Whether this is the first chapter you’ve read or not, you’ve made a good start. Every minute you spend with this workbook is likely to improve your moods.