Depression and Anxiety Don’t Always Look the Same

Looking back on my life I realized my depression and anxiety have not always manifested the same as they do now. When a co-worker made a statement about what a “Depressed Person” would look like. I paused and almost laughed, clearly he has no idea I suffer from depression, nor does he really know what a person with depression looks like. NEWSFLASH: WE ALL LOOK AND ACT DIFFERENTLY!

I effort to bring awareness that we all struggle differently. I ask some of my friends who suffer from Anxiety and Depression what it feels like for them. They all shared and each had a little different ways of describing what they experience. I took all the words they provided and made word collages.  I acknowledge that these images may not represent all or even a fraction of the way some people feel.

What does Depression and Anxiety look like for you?

Depression2

What does Depression and Anxiety feel like for you?

Axiety_Depression

Who do you know that suffers from Depression and Anxiety?

Depression

How do you know the difference between Depression and Anxiety?

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Anxiety –

  • distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune:
  • a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.

Depression –

  • sadness; gloom; dejection.
  • a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.

The older I get the more anxiety I feel. I live in fear of my X-husband, of my children getting hurt and the list goes on. I also live depressed on different levels. Some days I can recognize all of the blessings and the joy that surrounds me. Other days it is all I can do to get out of bed. I am grateful for an amazing counselor who is helping me through this journey of healing and self discovery. My hope is that those who suffer get the help they need as well.

If you would like to share your story email me at beyondabuseessentialhealing@gmail.com.  You can remain anonymous.

Everyone has his or her own journey. We each have our own triggers and interpretations of life. My intent is to add in the healing process not cause anxiety or pain. Our experience may be similar but they are each unique. Even though many people could have been at the same event each person experiences and remembers those events through our own eyes and will recall the event differently. My blogs will be from my perspective of my life. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. I am not a Doctor, Counselor or Therapist. I believe it is important to work with Doctors, Counselors and Therapist along with Essential Oils, Energy Healing and spirituality to find health, healing and balance.

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