Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety Essay

811 Words Aug 18th, 2016 4 Pages
The definition of depression is “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.” A description of anxiety can be “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 stronger, more understanding, and compassionate person. Starting around seventh grade, I began to show symptoms of depression and anxiety. In the beginning, I thought that feeling very despondent was completely my fault. I felt farcical, 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 had done nothing about it. Finally, in tenth grade, I did something incredibly appalling to everyone who knew me, which resulted in me 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 or content. Loneliness overwhelmed me because I did not understand that so many people…

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