Anxiety disorders are much more than just nervousness and worrying. They can cause terrifying fear about things that other people wouldn’t give a second thought to. Many people with anxiety disorders understand that their thoughts are irrational, but they still can’t stop them
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships
Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and it interferes with normal, everyday functioning, it may be depression.
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Depression and Anxiety Q & A
How prevalent is anxiety and depression in the U.S.?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Depression affects an estimated 6.7% of all U.S. adults every year with prevalence rates in women exceeding that of men.
What is the cause of depression?
The exact cause of depression is unknown. Following factors may increase chance of depression :
- Experiencing traumatic or stressful event, such as physical or sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, or financial problem
- going through a major life change
- Having a serious medical problem, such as cancer, stroke, or chronic pain
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Having blood relatives who have had depression