Common mental health disorders & symptoms
Depression is a mental health condition characterized by changes in mood that include anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness. It can also affect behavioral changes such as agitation, excessive crying, irritability, restlessness, or social isolation, early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep, excessive hunger, fatigue, or loss of appetite. Depression is also known to affect cognition including lack of concentration, slowness in activity, thoughts of suicide, racing or ruminating thoughts.
Anxiety is characterized by intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. There are several types of anxiety.
Common symptoms include feeling nervous, restless, or tense, having a sense of impending danger, increased heart rate, breathing rapidly, sweating, trembling, feeling weak or tired, trouble concentrating, sleeping issues, stomach/ digestive issues, difficulty controlling worrying, and avoiding triggers of anxiety.
Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, and diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences. Common symptoms include sadness, anger, denial, fear, shame, nightmares, insomnia, difficulty with relationships, emotional outbursts, nausea, dizziness, altered sleep patterns, changes in appetite, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems.