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Depression and Anxiety

In the fast paced life that we lead today, depression and anxiety are fast becoming some of the world’s most common mental health ailments. Depression and anxiety are highly co-morbid and are natural responses to prolonged overwhelming stress and other adverse life events.

Depression although more common in today’s society can be a serious medical illness that negatively affect an individual’s feelings, thoughts and behavior.

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  • It can produce low moods (feeling ‘blue’)

  • The loss of motivation or interest toward usual activities

  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

  • Changes in appetite

  • Increase / decrease in physical activity.

  • Negative thoughts like feeling worthless, guilt and shame

  • Difficulties in focus and concentration

  • Suicidal thoughts and other symptoms that can lead to the interference of one’s functional capacity.


Fear, stress and anxiety, although unpleasant, are feelings that are part and parcel of life, and can affect everyone in different ways.

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”

  • In anxiety disorders or for overwhelming anxiety, the severity and extent of anxiety and other related feelings like worry, fear and stress are usually disproportionate to the event.

  • Other physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, nausea and stomach upsets can accompany high levels of anxiety.

  • The APA also defines an individual with an anxiety disorder as “having recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.”

However, with proper treatment, depression and anxiety are remediable. Additionally, we are also well-equipped to handle other mood-related disorders such as Bipolar I and II; as well as other fears, phobias, and other anxiety spectrum-related disorders such as social anxiety and panic.

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