Anxiety & Depression

Welcome to a compassionate online space dedicated to resilience and mental well-being, for children and adults navigating the challenges of anxiety and depression. Adolescence can be a tumultuous time, and the prevalence of anxiety and depression among teens underscores the need for a supportive community.

What is Anxiety?

The American Psychiatric Association defines anxiety disorders as a group of mental health disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. These disorders can manifest in various ways, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Symptoms may include excessive worry, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.


What is Depression?

Depression is often referred to as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The DSM-5 defines MDD as a mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. Other symptoms may include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide. Depression can significantly impair a person’s ability to function in daily life.

For the most accurate and current information on anxiety and depression, it is recommended to consult medical professionals, mental health organizations, and reputable health websites. Mental health conditions are complex, and accurate diagnosis and treatment plans should be provided by qualified healthcare practitioners.


Source: The American Psychiatric Association DSM-5

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