Depression & Anxiety
Discover the signs that may show you’re facing anxiety or depression—and that you should ask for help. Know that you’re not alone and help is available.
I couldn’t tell if I was just down, or if it was something much more serious. Thankfully, I got help.
Anxiety is more than temporary worry. It’s a mental and physical response to the fear of something. It includes tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes (such as increased blood pressure). Symptoms can interfere with daily activities, such as work, school, and relationships.
Depression is serious and causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed—affecting how you feel, think, and act. Symptoms can be mild to severe and include:
- Feeling sad
- Loss of interest
- Weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Loss of energy
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (such as hand-wringing or pacing)
Talk with your doctor right away if you are feeling any of these symptoms.
If you’ve felt down or very anxious for 2 weeks in a row, or the feelings are getting in the way of living your life, find help as soon as possible. This could be from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker. If you need a referral to a professional who may be able to help, ask your primary care doctor, your rheumatologist, or a local lupus organization.
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