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Feeling depression is a common experience for many of us. It is often described as a feeling of sadness, of being blue or down, and can be attributed to an event or life experience. Yet, depression can also involve more symptoms and can long-lasting and negatively influencing out lives.

Common symptoms include:

  • depressed mood (feeling sad, empty, hopeless) most of the day, nearly every day;
  • diminished interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities
  • changes in appetite
  • change in sleep (insomnia or increased sleeping)
  • changes in movement (agitation or slowing down), observed by others
  • fatigue/loss of energy
  • feelings of worthlessness or excessive/inappropriate guilt nearly every day
  • diminished concentration, indecisiveness or difficultly thinking
  • recurrent thoughts of death


Anxiety can be a normal response to new situations, upcoming events and situations. However, anxiety is more than just feeling fearful, nervous, worrying about things, or stressing about a situation from time to time.

Anxiety disorders is a big umbrella term for disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety and others. While symptoms for each can be different, anxiety encompassing the sense of fear that is not always related to the situation, is debilitating, stops you doing what you enjoy to do (work, activities, spending time with family and friends).

Common symptoms include:

  • increased/racing heart beat
  • restlessness
  • rapid breathing
  • difficultly concentrating
  • difficultly falling asleep
  • fear
  • apprehension and worry