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a state of mental or emotional

strain or tension resulting from

adverse or very demanding
Feeling overwhelmed
Having a hard time concentrating
Memory problems
Teeth clenching or grinding
a nervous disorder characterized
by a state of excessive uneasiness
and apprehension, typically with
compulsive behavior or panic
Anxiety disorders are the most
common mental illness in the U.S.,
affecting 40 million adults in the
United States age 18 and older, or
18.1% of the population every year.
 Feeling panicked or in danger
 Rapid heart rate
 Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
 Chronic restlessness, nervousness or tension
 Having a hard time concentrating
 Sleep disturbance
 Digestive problems
 Obsessive thoughts
A long and severe
feeling of despondency
and dejection.
 Feeling sad or hopeless
 Persistently feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
 Insomnia
 Loss of sex drive
 Having a hard time concentrating
 Ongoing fatigue
 Decreased energy
 Memory problems
 Anger and rage
 Changing eating habits
 Suicidal thoughts
 Chronic restlessness, agitation, irritability
 Identifying the difference between symptoms of
depression and stress can be tricky. There are
certain overlaps that might lead a person to think
they’re just “stressed out” when, in fact, they’re
suffering from depression and vice versa.
 stress tends to resolve if life events change vs. depression can last up to years
 stress tends to have an obvious trigger vs. depression can hit out of nowhere
 stress is related to life events vs. depression can happen even if life seems fine
 stress is related to current events vs. depression can be linked to unresolved past
 stress can cause depression or anxiety disorders if left untreated vs. depression
can cause suicidal thoughts if left untreated
 stress leads to adrenaline highs followed by crashes vs. depression leads to
 stress is socially acceptable and even encouraged vs. depression still, sadly,
bears social stigma
 stress at very high levels has risk of heart attack vs. depression at high levels has
risk of suicide
 low stress can be okay and keep you motivated vs. low depression can still be
While depression and anxiety are
two different medical conditions,
their symptoms, causes, and
treatments can often overlap.
 Many people with depression may experience what
is known as “anxious distress” in addition to their
low mood. People with anxious distress often feel
tense, restless, and have trouble concentrating
because they worry so much. They are deeply
afraid that something bad is going to happen or that
they might lose control of themselves. People who
experience anxious distress with depression may
be at higher risk for suicide or need more intensive
treatment, so it is important to identify these
symptoms along with the depression.
Anxiety is constant worry Depression is a loss of
1. Body (Physical, Biological
2. Mind (Psychological,
Emotional Self)
3. Spirit (Spiritual Self)

Note: Overlap, e.g. psychological

interventions can cause
biological changes, and vice

Mind Spirit
Life is full of things
that cause imbalance
(in mind, body,
 Body
 Medical (physical illness)
 Lack of sunlight (Drug Use)

 Mind/Social
 School, Work
 Classmates, Co-workers
 Family
 Friends
 Boyfriends, Girlfriends
 Mood disorders are when people’s moods are so
extreme that it gets in the way of life.
 Everyone gets sad from time to time.
 Just enough sadness is good because it alerts
people to do something to change their situation.
 It is not normal, and is not something that someone
can easily ‘snap out of’.
 Reduce stressors : Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint what’s overwhelming you — a
specific project, taking on too many tasks, etc. See if you can take a few
responsibilities off your plate. Or, at least, break up projects into more manageable
 Take care of your body : When your body is depleted, it’s more susceptible to
getting overstressed. Make it a priority to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy
diet, exercise regularly and stay hydrated. By taking care of your body, you
empower it to feel better.
 Do something fun : Sometimes just mixing up routine to get out of the house and
have fun can make a huge difference in your outlook on life. Go out with friends,
take a walk or do something else you enjoy.
Talking to Your Doctor. If you have severe anxiety,
depression, or both, chances are that your doctor will
recommend medication, therapy, or a combination of the
School personnel (teachers, guidance counselors, vice-
principal, social workers, coach, etc.)
Medical Doctors (family physicians, pediatricians,
Social Workers
 Confess it to God and be honest about all of your feelings. He knows what you’re
thinking anyway, but He wants to hear from you!
 Ask God’s forgiveness when you’ve gotten your focus out of whack and you’ve taken
your eyes off of Him.
 Ask for the ability to let go of all the anger and self-pity. You can’t get rid of it in your
own strength.
 Trust God day by day. God doesn’t promise to give us strength for tomorrow, today. He
gives us strength for today, today!
 Rest and eat right. It was important to God that Elijah rested and that he had
nourishment, so obviously, we need that, too.
 Don’t quit. No matter how afraid you are, no matter how anxious you are about tomorrow,
no matter how depressed and hopeless you feel, don’t quit! I promise that God will
never, ever give up on you. The lie of depression is that it will never end.