Depression And Anxiety
Being scared to take a test or go for a job interview are situations in which it is considered to be normal,to experience levels of anxiety. This is analogous to feeling sad when someone you love dies. However if you have prolonged periods of feeling anxious or depressed where it impairs your day to day functioning then it is strongly suggested that you seek medical advise as you could classify as suffering from a real clinical diagnosis. Clinical anxiety and depression may exist either-or in isolation, or in many cases exist together.
The way that clinicians diagnosis anxiety disorders is according to a spectrum or family of disorders which are related to anxiety. Social anxiety is a good example of one of the many forms of anxiety disorders which could lead to serious life challenges such as the inability to attend social events and social functions. In turn this could lead to prolonged periods of isolation which could seriously jeopardize the functioning of an individual.
In order for a diagnosis to be made, it has to meet several criteria’s within a list of criteria’s for that particular mental illness. This is all done on a multi-axel system in what can be termed “The universal bible of the Psychology and Psychiatry Profession”. It is called The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is used universally amongst clinicians in order to diagnose clients, as well as look into the prognoses of clients. A diagnosis of anxiety can only be made if the client experiences the symptoms for anxiety for a prolonged period of time in normal circumstances. Once the criterion’s are met according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, then a treatment program can be put in place in order to meet the best needs of the client.
The goods news is that there is hope and in the same way that the majority of physical illnesses have medication which you can take, the same concept applies to mental illnesses. The solution to your suffering or the suffering of a friend of family member can be as simple as taking medication each morning. Most clinicians recommend seeing a therapist in conjunction with correct medication for that particular illness. Although the stigma of mental illnesses may discourage people from seeking help, this really in reality should not because in today’s modern times, it is actually extremely common for people to be experiencing some form of mental illness even if it is only in mild forms. It also needs to be taken into consideration that it is not the fault of suffer and mental illnesses may result from a predisposition to it from a hereditary perspective. Most mental illnesses today are completely manageable and new treatment methods and options are coming out all the time specifically geared to help individuals suffering.