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Anxiety

Yes to Calmness, No to Panic Attacks

Overcoming Restlessness and Worry – Recognise Your Anxiety Symptoms?

Are you finding it hard to shake off constant worries about work, relationships, or health? Do you often feel on edge or irritable? Maybe you’ve noticed muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, or a racing heart even in non-threatening situations. 

If these symptoms sound familiar, you could be experiencing anxiety. Ask yourself if fatigue, trouble concentrating, or avoiding certain situations due to anxiety rings true for you. If your worries feel overwhelming and impact your day-to-day, reaching out to address these symptoms could be a step towards a more serene you.

Depression

Identifying Symptoms of Depression: A Self-Reflection Guide

Ever wondered if you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of depression? Take a moment for self-reflection with these questions based on the DSM-5 criteria. 

Do you find yourself persistently sad or irritable, with a noticeable decrease in interest or pleasure in once-enjoyed activities? Are changes in appetite, sleep patterns, or energy levels affecting your daily life? 

Do you struggle with concentration, decision-making, or feelings of worthlessness? Have you noticed physical symptoms like aches or pains that seemingly have no explanation? 

Lastly, have thoughts of death or suicide crossed your mind? 

If you find resonance with these questions, it could be valuable to seek professional support for a more in-depth evaluation and guidance. Remember, you don’t have to face it alone, and help is available.

OCD

Identifying OCD Symptoms: Unraveling the Puzzle

Ever found yourself trapped in a cycle of repetitive thoughts or compelled to perform certain actions, even when they seem irrational? Explore the following questions to unravel potential symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) based on the DSM-5 criteria. 

Do persistent, intrusive thoughts occupy your mind, causing significant distress? Are specific rituals or behaviours, performed in an attempt to alleviate anxiety, dominating your daily routine? 

Consider whether you spend an excessive amount of time engaging in these rituals, realising they may not align with your true desires. Are these patterns disrupting your relationships or daily functioning? 

If you find resonance with these questions, it could be a pivotal step to seek professional guidance and explore the possibility of OCD.

Trauma

Identifying Symptoms of Trauma: Unveiling the Unseen Struggles

Have you ever experienced a sudden, overwhelming sense of fear or helplessness? Trauma, as outlined in the DSM-5, encompasses a range of distressing events that can leave lasting emotional scars. Reflect on your emotional responses: 

Do you find yourself re-experiencing distressing memories, perhaps through nightmares or intrusive thoughts? 

Consider changes in your mood and cognitive patterns – are you more irritable, hypervigilant, or experiencing difficulties concentrating? 

Notice any avoidance behaviours – do you consciously steer clear of reminders of the traumatic event? Changes in arousal and reactivity, such as heightened startle responses, might also be subtle indicators. 

If you resonate with these questions, it may be crucial to explore the impact of trauma on your well-being and seek the support needed for healing.

Loss & Grief

Honouring Memories, Finding Hope, Navigating Grief Together: Recognising Symptoms

Loss and grief can manifest in various ways, impacting emotional well-being. Reflect on your experiences with the following questions. 

Have you found yourself persistently yearning for the person or thing you’ve lost? Are feelings of emptiness and sadness a constant companion, lasting for more than two weeks? 

Have your daily activities and interests lost their appeal? Are you grappling with difficulties in concentrating or making decisions? Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or excessive sleep, may also be indicators. 

Additionally, consider changes in your appetite and weight. If you find yourself affirming many of these statements, it might be beneficial to explore your feelings further and seek support to navigate the complexities of grief.

PTSD & C-PTSD

Identifying Symptoms of PTSD and C-PTSD:

Embarking on a journey of self-reflection can be the first step towards understanding the impact of trauma. For symptoms aligning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), consider whether you frequently experience intrusive memories, nightmares, or flashbacks related to a traumatic event. 

Assess your emotional responses – are you easily startled, on edge, or struggling to connect with others? Furthermore, explore avoidance patterns; do you actively avoid reminders of the trauma or find yourself emotionally numb? 

In the case of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), reflect on the persistence of these symptoms alongside challenges in forming and maintaining relationships, a fluctuating sense of self-worth, and difficulties in regulating emotions. 

As you ponder these questions, remember that seeking support is a courageous and vital step towards healing.