Common Mental Health Conditions

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What is Depression?

Depression is a major depressive disorder, usually just refer to this as ‘depression’.   It is more than just the ‘blues’ or feeling ‘down’.  People experiencing depression often grappling with emotions of severe despair over an extended period of time.  It affects their relationships, their physical health and ability to work.  Almost every aspect of a person’s life can be affected by depression, it can be incredibly debilitating. 



What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion which usually involves an element of worry and fear. It is a state of mind but can also affect our thoughts, behaviours, and physical reactions in our body.  Although anxiety can be unpleasant, it is actually an evolutionary survival mechanism.  When we find ourselves in dangerous or stressful situations, anxiety helps us by preparing our body to either run away or fight back.  This is known as the ‘fight or flight response’. 

Although anxiety exists for good reason, sometimes it can start to become a problem when the ‘fight or flight response’ kicks in even when there is no real imminent danger.  This activation of the ‘fight or flight’ response can be thought of as a faulty misfiring.