UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

There has been a lot of stigma around mental health for a long time. Thankfully, Australia has reached a place where it is finally okay to have these conversions, as tricky as they might be. It doesn’t matter if the reader of this article themselves or someone they care about is experiencing depression or anxiety; this article will benefit them either way.

Fortunately today, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available to people in Australia, help with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can be sought from an NDIS provider.

The following information will help the reader determine whether they or a loved one have depression or anxiety, after which they can approach an NDIS provider.

Depression: Reality and Signs

More often than not, depression is a chronic mental illness. It’s scary that one in seven people in Australia experiences this illness in their life. Depression causes the third highest burden of all diseases in this country (about 13%).

Physical Signs

  • Difficulty in remembering, decision-making and or focussing.
  • Back and head pains.
  • Increased fatigue, low energy and activity.
  • Loss or increase of sleep, appetite and weight.
  • Feeling of sickness.
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness: pacing, trouble with sitting still or wringing hands.
  • Guts churning and trouble with digestion.

Emotional Signs

  • Contemplation of suicide.
  • Detachment from loved ones.
  • Constant feeling of sadness or emptiness.
  • Feeling guilty or worthless.
  • Loss of pleasure and detachment from everyday activities.
  • Crying without cause.

Younger people can be in denial of these symptoms, but one can see the illness in the form of aches, detachment and irritability. Older people can also experience depression, and this needs a closer study.

Anxiety: Reality and Signs

It is a common misconception that NDIS comes only for mental illnesses like depression, but anxiety is also a severe mental illness often combined with depression. One out of six people in Australia experiences anxiety, which translates to about 17% of the total population. NDIS providers in Australia try to help with anxiety; therefore, one can reach out to them without fear.

Physical Signs

  • Parched throats.
  • Stomach pains or churning.
  • Dizziness or shortness of breath.
  • The feeling of “pins and needles.”
  • Trouble with sleep.
  • Racing heart, trembling or sweating.
  • Panic attacks (intense fear).

Emotional Signs

  • Feeling the mind race.
  • Difficulty in focussing or thinking in general.
  • Paranoia
  • Trouble with remembering things/events.
  • Feeling of being without power or apprehensive.

People with anxiety try to avoid putting themselves in situations that might make them anxious, i.e., out of their comfort zone. They refuse to try new things and usually want to control everything in their lives. They can worry excessively about their past, current circumstances or future, and wallow in this pit. Some people even develop the paranoid thought that everyone is staring at them.

People with mental illnesses need to be treated with patience and care from their loved ones, in whatever form that works for them. It is crucial to get them professional help. Some people may want to discuss their therapy, and others might not. If the person reading this is experiencing the symptoms, there is no need to be afraid. Help is out there. It might be all in the head, but that is the problem.

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