Anxiety can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Anxiety can keep you from going out socially, leaving the house at all, developing fulfilling relationships with others, succeeding in career and life goals, and can diminish your overall quality of life.
Anxiety can also feel physically uncomfortable, as well as causing worrying thoughts, difficulty slowing down your mind, and sleep disruption. It can also lead to having personal boundaries intruded upon as it can be harder to prioritize your own needs (saying “no”, as necessary) when there is anxiety about how you are perceived by others.
Depression can go hand-in-hand with anxiety at times, and can range from mild all the way to completely debilitating. Depression can feel similar to having little energy or motivation for a significant period of time; or, depression can make it difficult to get out of bed, eat meals, or care for yourself. While many people would prefer to be able to get through a depressive episode on their own, depression often needs the assistance and support of a professional to move forward, as depression has the tendency to be self-reinforcing.