Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are variable, meaning that symptoms may grow and lessen on given days, and in the case of anxiety, symptoms may fluctuate between nervous excitability and detached numbness.

I really appreciate these slides below because I think they name these realities well. These slides come from The Depression Project at @RealDepressionProject.

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May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'What Depression Tiredness' Looks Like: Being mentally exhausted from trying to fight off all of the negative thoughts that make you feel worthless Being so physically fatigued and heavy that even getting out of bed can feel impossible Being exhausted from "existing and not being able to truly "live" Being tired from faking a smile all day and pretending to be "okay" when you're really suffering •Being tired from not being able to get joy out of the things that once fulfilled you "Depression tiredness" is so much more than being "sleepy". Please understand this. DEPRESSION PROJECT @REALDEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Things Those With Depression Would Love (But Are Scared Το Ask For) To be reached out to even when they' ve socially withdrawn and don't have the energy to reply To have someone really check in on them, even after they say "I'm okay" To be sat next to, even when they don't feel like talking To be reassured that they're loved no matter what To have you acknowledge the cause behind their symptoms (e.g. the depression fatigue that causes someone to stay in bed) Please share to raise awareness THE DEPRESSION PROJECT @REAL DEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'
May be an image of text that says 'Depression Capacity/ Ability to function what people expect realitu of depression 055 Severity of symptoms Depression may be invisible, but it's symptoms can be completely debilitating. Please understand this. THE DEPRESSION PROJECT @REALDEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'
May be an image of text that says 'Anxiety Attacks Aren't Just Hyperventilating And Rocking Back And Forth. They Can Also Be... Tightness in the throat Feeling detached from things Numbness Being unable to speak Feeling like you're going crazy Going completely silent Appearing tense and rigid Pressured speech A sense of impending doom Appearing "zoned out" Anxiety attacks can impact someone in many ways -please understand this THE DEPRESSION PROJECT @REALDEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'
May be an image of text that says 'The Impact Of Anxiety At Bed Time: Replaying a mistake you made during the day over and over again .Getting agitated by the silence Struggling to be alone with your intrusive thoughts Not being able to fall asleep and already worrying about the day to come Getting flashbacks of a past traumatic experience that has surfaced because you can't distract yourself with anything Panicking that you're not falling asleep and getting even more anxious For many, the symptoms of anxiety can intensify at bed time. DEPRESSION PROJECT @REALDEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'What Someone With Depression ACTUALLY Means When They Say "It's Getting Bad Again" They've started to become unhinged from their healthy habits .They're starting to get drained more easily They have less "mental capaity to connect with the world around them They feel overwhelmed They've entered "survival mode" and may struggle to do anything beyond the necessities They don't have the energy to fake a smile Their suffering IS so intense they need a constant distraction from it Please understand this. Share to raise awareness. DEPRESSION PROJECT DEPRESSIONPROJECT THEDEPRESSIONPROJECT.COM'

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