Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety Essay

801 Words Aug 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Depression is defined as “a state of feeling sad or a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way.” Anxiety is described as “a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.” These are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society. Being diagnosed with a mental illness can make a person feel exhausted, alone and afraid, but it made me a better, more understand and caring person. Starting around seventh grade, I began to show symptoms of depression and anxiety. At first, I felt like it was completely my fault. I felt crazy, alienated, and like no one understood me. I would feel extremely happy one day and really sad the next day. Before I was diagnosed, I did not realize the affects a mental illness can have on someone. For two years I did nothing about it. Finally, in tenth grade, I did something incredibly shocking to everyone who knew me, which resulted in seeing a psychiatrist and counselor. I was officially diagnosed. Hearing the words “you have depression and anxiety” made it all too real. I realized that from then on I would have to push myself every day to be positive and not give up. I looked for ways to make me happy. I felt really alone because I did not understand that so many people struggle with these diagnoses. I have learned many lessons after living with depression and…

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