Midlands Mental Health Clinic offers Counselling for Depression and Anxiety in the Midlands Area, Serving Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise. Change is Possible – Let Us Empower You.
Depression and anxiety are the two most commonly experienced mental health issues. Almost always interlinked, they generally come hand in hand.
While it is a part of life to experience anxiety or depressive feelings occasionally (e.g. after a hard time or a death), many times these issues can develop into something serious.
Depression and Anxiety: What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a broad term for feelings for nervousness, unease and panic. It stems from a natural reaction within the body and is your body’s way of alerting you to a situation you perceive to be dangerous or threatening.
While this is totally normal in certain situations, it becomes overwhelming. It can manifest itself in social situations or while alone; in work, school or other settings.
The Side Effects of Anxiety
The side effects of anxiety include:
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Expecting the worst of a situation
- Aversion or unwillingness to be in certain places
- Sweating, headaches and trembling
- Shortness of breath/tightening in chest
Depression and Anxiety: What is Depression?
Depression appears in a state of low mood. It’s an all-encompassing condition that can last anywhere from a moment to a lifetime.
A sustained period of depression can negatively affect a person’s behaviour, outlook and general well-being. In the most extreme cases, it can lead to suicide.
The Side Effects of Depression
The side effects of depression include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and loss
- Fatigue/constant tiredness
- Unwillingness to participate in everyday activities/social activities
- Persistent aches/pains with no physical explanation
Depression and Anxiety Combined
Depression and anxiety are heavily interlinked, through both physical side effects and mental.
Anxiety can lead to feelings of depression and vice versa – with one often feeding off the other – which is why you will regularly see them grouped together.
Here at Midlands Mental Health Clinic, we focus on ways to alleviate depression and anxiety, either without the use of prescribed medication or alongside it.
If you’d like to book an assessment or just learn more about counselling for depression and anxiety, fill out our contact form here.