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Managing anxiety & depression – The signs to look for, ways to manage, and when to reach out for help


Mental health is receiving a new place in the spotlight recently. Anxiety and depression management in particular, are getting the attention they deserve, especially as the world acknowledges the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people’s mental health.


It is estimated that one million Australian adults have depression each year, and more than two million have anxiety. With how prevalent anxiety and depression are, it is important to recognise the signs of both conditions, how to manage them, and when it is time to reach out for help.


Signs to look for

Both anxiety and depression have characteristic signs to watch out for, although it is important to note that no two people with these conditions may have the same signs.



Anxiety is how the body responds to a threat and is an essential part of our survival instinct. However, while some anxiety is normal, for some people the feelings of anxiousness never go away or appear for situations that don’t truly warrant it.


Symptoms of anxiety include:

  rapid breathing

  pounding heart

  trembling hands

  feeling scared, worried, or nervous

  constant worries that something bad will happen



Similar to anxiety, the basis of depression is something that everyone experiences from time to time. Depression is a feeling of sadness or lack of energy, but in a powerful way and lasting for longer than a typical bout of sadness would normally last.


Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  feelings of sadness, guilt, restlessness, anger, or hopelessness

  refraining from activities that used to bring joy

  less productivity at school or work

  sleep problems


  feeling sick


How to manage anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression can significantly impact someone’s life, affecting their concentration, school and work performance, and social life. Those with anxiety may feel as though they have to avoid situations that will cause them stress, and people with depression may have no motivation to leave their house.


Anxiety and depression management is important because it allows those with these conditions to regain control of their life.


Some things you can do to help manage anxiety and depression include:

  get enough sleep

  eat well-balanced meals

  limit alcohol and caffeine

  take deep breaths

  exercise daily

  learn what triggers your anxiety or depression


When to reach out for help

It is important to reach out for help if you are experiencing any of the below signs of severe anxiety or depression:

  symptoms that are intense, paralysing and last for months

  inability to tend to daily responsibilities or care for yourself

  symptoms accompanied by substance abuse, self-harm, and/or thoughts of suicide


The Australian government also has an anxiety and depression symptom checker, which you can use as a self-evaluation tool. It will help you determine if you should seek medical help.


When in doubt, seek medical help for your anxiety or depression management. Your mental health matters, and no one should have to suffer through feelings of anxiety and depression.



[1] https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts

[2] https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details


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