Why You May Feel Anxious and Tearful
Everyone can feel down now and then, and even the food you eat can affect your mood, making you feel high or low. However, if you are consistently anxious and tearful you may be suffering from depression.
People often do not consider themselves depressed, even when they are really suffering. Sometimes this is because they are in denial, and believe in keeping a stiff upper lip. They do not want people to know they are vulnerable and not coping well.
At other times, people do not recognize that they are depressed because they have been going through a tough time for so long that they consider it normal to easily cry and feel terrible. If you have been stressed over a long time period you may have become depressed without stopping to look at how experiences are really affecting you.
Typically, people suffering from depression that worry constantly, and easily breakdown in tears, have bottled up emotion. They are always putting their effort into trying to cope with what is really bothering them, and may imagine there is no way anything will ever change for them.
This sense of hopelessness is all part of depression. When you feel bad you cannot look on the bright side, as for you, it does not exist. At least, in your mind it does not. Of course, it is there, but you are unable to see it.
If you find you cry and feel anxious take a lot look at what is going on in your life that may be the cause. An unhappy relationship, long-term illness, a stressful job or unhappiness within your family could account for why you feel so unhappy.
Try to pinpoint when you remember first feeling off kilter and began taking things badly, as there may have been an event or trigger for your feelings. It may also be true that you are depressed for another reason that only a doctor can fathom out. Sometimes medication can cause depression, or a lack of it when someone is in need of help.
If you do recognize there is a specific emotional reason why you feel unhappy offload your feelings to a good friend or professional counselor. Do not suffer in silence, as there is no need. Many people feel like you do, so there is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed. You need some TLC to help you through a rough patch. If you feel your depression could be getting worse, please find a professonal to talk to.
At times, you might feel as if you are not depressed, and then you wonder or worry if you really are clinically depressed and go back and forth. There are certain symptoms that can be caused by depression that include the following:
Whole Body: Excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness.
Mood: Anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, a hopeless outlook, mood swings, or sadness.
Behavioral: Agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation.
Sleep: Early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, no interest in getting out of bed, or restless sleep.
Cognitive: Lack of concentration, slowness in activity, brain fog, having trouble making up your mind, or thoughts of suicide.
Weight: You might also experience unexplained weight loss or weight gain.
Other Signs: can include loss of appetite, no interest in eating, or repeatedly going over thoughts.
According to a study that was published in the journal Pain, people that were depressed were four times more likely to have intense or disabling neck and lower back pain.
A 2008 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that when unhappy people anticipate pain, their brain expects more emotions and less coping ability, so they are less likely to handle those triggers that cause depression.
Ways to Relieve Depression
There are a number of ways to relieve depression that include.
Exercise can work wonders actually. When you are doing exercises like walking, jogging, yoga or tai chi, your mind is focused on the exercise and can run the depressing thoughts out of your mind. Exercise also creates endorphins in the brain, the feel good chemical. If you set up a workout routine, that can create a structure in your life, which will help because depression can cause the days to run together.
Make goals. If you feel unsure about the future, sitting down and writing out a plan, simple goals you want to achieve that will help you feel better. Having a plan is a good way to focus on the positive.
Healthy eating can also relieve depression. A recent study found that eating a vegetarian or vegan diet can relieve depression. With the standard American diet, there are so many chemicals, fats and unhealthy oils in our foods, that they can affect our brains and cause depression. Eating a simple diet that includes plenty of vegetables, whole grains and legumes can really help relieve depression.
SAM-e: Some studies have found that the supplement SAM-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) can relieve symptoms of depression and help people feel better mentally and physically. Do not take SAM-e if you are taking anti-depressant medications.