Is Mental Illness a Condition or a Reaction?

Depression and anxiety disorders are becoming commonplace in our world, with more and more reported sufferers each year finding it difficult to combat their debilitating effects, and choosing to rely on medication to keep their minds clear and quiet. In many cases, medication is the only answer to this serious problem, but in this day and age it is getting more difficult to tell if sufferers are in their positions due to their mental and chemical composition, or if it is the very nature of contemporary life getting in the way of their happiness. I myself have fought a battle with both anxiety and depression, two crippling afflictions which can get in the way of your daily tasks, livelihood and relationships. Though being otherwise (relatively) sound of mind; I had to ask myself what the root of my troubles really was.

What is Depression?

Depression is often associated with sadness, which in all honesty is not exactly true. The symptoms are more like an overwhelming sense of apathy, the feeling that nothing in this world is worth your care. Sufferers often feel so indifferent that getting out of bed seems a pointless task. As you could imagine this is a slippery slope since that uncaring attitude is expressed towards careers, relationships and even personal health.

Depression as a Condition

Depression often comes about as a condition, that is to say that the sufferer cannot help it. Even when life is going well, they struggle to see the bright side of things. Chemical imbalances are generally the cause of this, and so too can diet and lifestyle. The tricky thing about depression, is that it feels like laziness, which means that the sufferer is often unaware of their own symptoms, and therefore take no action to alleviate their symptoms.

Depression as a Reaction

On the other hand, we live in a world where we are constantly overwhelmed by work, relationships, social obligations and many other factors that put pressure on our lives. If not dealt with, these factors can add up to form an overwhelming sense of demoralisation, often festering into eventual depression.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety on the other hand is characterised by an oversensitivity to events, or more specifically, the potential outcome of events. Fear of the future dominates the sufferer’s thoughts which generally jump to the worst possible outcomes as a certainty. This irrational fear can be crippling in all aspects of the sufferer’s lives, who generally take a flight-or-fight response in any given situation.

Anxiety as a Condition

Anxiety is not always something that the sufferer can help since the hardwiring of their brain causes it to overcompensate in terms of neural firing. This is one of the reasons why anxiety is often coupled with alcoholism or drug abuse, which may alleviate symptoms by slowing thoughts down, but essentially adds to the problem later.

Anxiety as a Reaction

Anxiety has become so common in modern life that it is often misdiagnosed as simple stress, and while a little stress is good for you, anxiety can be very destructive. A deep fear for just about any action you can take will lead to frustration, more anxiety, unproductivity and may even result in depression. In such cases, a healthy and active lifestyle comprised of careful time management is often an excellent solution.

Contact the I am Not a Mistake Foundation Today

Do you (or someone you know) suffer from each of these conditions? Are they getting in the way of living a normal and productive life? If you ae seeking personal counselling and therapy to assist you through these difficult afflictions, contact a representative from I Am Not a Mistake Foundation today, or visit our website for details.

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