ANXIETY & DEPRESSION



Lost loves, school finals, lost family or friends, and so much more we all face in life can have us feeling “depressed” or overwhelmed with anxiety. I’ve been there myself and have helped others in those situations. Turning to God and my religion was the biggest help for me in these situations. And having people around me who actually understood me helped substantially, as well. That being said, there are many who suffer with clinical depression as well as anxiety disorders.


There are many types of anxiety disorder, such as: panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), agoraphobia without panic disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, acute stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and medically induced anxiety disorder. Panic disorders are characterized by panic attacks triggered without cause of fear. Agoraphobia is the fear of things that can cause panic. Other phobias are simply fear triggers that can lead to feelings of extreme anxiety associated with particular objects, feelings, or people. Social anxiety disorder comes from extreme uncomfort when around large groups of people. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by compulsions that one feels that helps with coping with a particular obsession or anxiety. PTSD is anytime one feels extreme anxiety associated with a great trauma they endured. Acute stress disorder is characterized by extreme traumatic triggered stress over the period of only about a month. Generalized anxiety disorder is excessive anxiety or worries felt associated with ordinary life circumstances, such as schooling or work.
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Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common. All of these are treatable through therapy, autogenic training, medical anxiolytics, beta-blockers, buspirone, anti-depressants, and more. These are all for people who are clinically diagnosed. If you think you may have clinical anxiety disorder, then check with your doctor about these and how they may help you.



Anxiety, without disorder, can be triggered by certain eating habits. If you feel a lot of anxiety and don’t need medication, simply try to eat more fruits and vegetables in your diet to calm you down. And exercise! Exercising helps let out tension that could be contributing to your anxiety. Your body needs to exercise!

Anxiety, without disorder, can be triggered by certain eating habits.



If you eat real foods, especially vitamin dense foods, then you’ll be happier.

Depression is triggered by many different things, some of the most common triggers for depression are acute stress disorder (recall that this is stress induced by a traumatic event of some kind), obesity, and loneliness. Again, exercise is your key weapon against stress so be preventative when under traumatic stress and go exercise more (even if you don’t think you have time, you’ll be glad you did and you’ll be more productive once you release some of that stress!) Depression can also exist because of an imbalance in one’s hormones that wasn’t triggered by anything at all. Obesity is seen as a cause of depression because it is a symptom of not eating right. If you eat real foods, especially vitamin dense foods, then you’ll be happier. Extra fat on your body is just unused energy and once you start upping your vitamin intake and eating more fats then your body will figure out how to use said fats in your body as energy and you can start feeling better. (Did you know that, in high quantities, vitamin C functions as an anti-depressant?) Loneliness is best cured by finding a church, clun, or organization that has small groups and a strong community that can help you feel connected. Small groups are some of the best therapeutic medicine for anxiety or depression!

Small groups are some of the best therapeutic medicine for anxiety or depression!

Depression can also be caused by one becoming dopamine resistant. This happens to those who were once drug addicts, sex addicts, or maybe even sugar addicts. These things flood your body with excess dopamine, which allows one to feel extraordinarily happy for a time, but also causes the body to start becoming resistant to the hormone. Dopamine is the hormone that allows one to feel happy, so you basically can become resistant to happiness.


So much of all the symptoms of anxiety or depression are brought on by what we eat and drink. Alcohol is a depressant. Our bodies turn sugars and carbs into alcohol. So drinking when you’re depressed will only make things worse. Comfort foods like chocolate, ice cream, and mac and cheese all get turned into alcohol in our bodies and will in turn also make us feel worse. We, humans, need to conquer our own psychological condition that makes us want to wallow in our misery. We need to eat more mangos, oranges, and leafy greens when we feel down instead of all the carbs!



THE POINT IS: WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION REALLY ARE, WE NEED TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY, AND WE NEED TO EAT BETTER TO FEEL BETTER!!!!

THE EMOJI DIET GUIDELINE IS A GREAT PLACE TO LOOK TO START YOUR BETTER EATING HABBITS NOW!!!!



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Tuesday, we will look at the Biblical perspectives concerning Anxiety and Depression!!!!



READING / REFERENCE LIST:

Langwith, Jacqueline. Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders: Depression. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven/Gale Cengage Learning, 2009. Print.
Roth, Walton T. Treating Anxiety Disorders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997. Print.
“Why We Crave Comfort Foods | Mark’s Daily Apple.” Marks Daily Apple RSS. 9 May 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.


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