People who struggle with depression often feel down for extended periods. They lose interest in activities that they once found pleasurable. Depression negatively affects millions of Americans each year.
The following questions cannot confirm whether you have depression. However, if you answer “yes” to more than 3 of the items below, you might be experiencing clinical depression.
• Are you bothered by things that didn’t used to bother you?
• Are you experiencing an increase in physical aches or pains?
• Are you having trouble falling asleep; or waking up early, unable to fall back asleep?
• Do you feel down most of the day, most days?
• Has your appetite or weight recently changed?
• Are you having any problems concentrating?
• Do simple daily tasks seem to take a large effort to complete?
• Does the future seem dark or unpleasant?
• Do you feel alone, or have you been withdrawing from others?
• Have your hobbies or pastimes become not pleasurable?
Anxiety and Stress
Stress and anxiety are related, but often confused. Stress is tension associated with a specific event (e.g. a test or a job), while anxiety is a non-specific worry about the future. To find relief, people with anxiety may turn to repetitive routines, preoccupations, or addictions.
Anxiety symptoms can include:
• Inability to relax
• Tense feelings
• Rapid heartbeat
• Increased blood pressure
• Jumpiness or feeling faint
• Excessive perspiring
• Feeling clammy
• Constant anticipation of trouble
• Constant feeling of uneasiness
Feeling understood and understanding one's partner is what allows couples to deeply share one another's lives. Often, couples struggle with communication issues, which actually mask deeper relationship issues.
The most important part of any healthy relationship between two people is being able to talk and listen to one another. You can share your feelings with the other person and trust that they will be there to listen and support you. Communication is based on honesty and trust. By listening carefully and sharing your thoughts and feelings with another person, you show them that they are an important part of your life.
Self-esteem is a feeling of personal worth. It is important to be able to value yourself regardless of your current state of personal achievement, beauty, or intelligence. Your self-esteem creates the foundation for a full life, great relationships, and a feeling of well-being.
When is anger a problem?? Sometimes, angry feelings can become overwhelming and can be difficult to handle.
Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to determine if you are having difficulty managing your anger.
1. When you become angry, do you ever feel out of control?
2. When you become angry, have you ever said or done anything you regretted later?
3. While angry, have you ever physically attacked someone?
4. Has an angry reaction to a situation ever cost you a relationship or a job?
5. Do feelings of anger often make it difficult to concentrate on work or school?
6. Do you drink alcohol or use drugs to calm down and to reduce your angry feelings?
7. Have you ever been arrested or faced legal difficulties as a result of your anger?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you may have difficulty managing anger. If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, then you may have a serious anger management problem.
Divorce is a stressful and life changing event. It requires a time of adjusting to all the new changes. You can restore your hope and confidence for a great future through Divorce Counseling.
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