Anxiety and depression are two of the major mental health concerns in the world today. With the increasing statistics of more than 350 million individuals suffering from depression, these mental health anomalies must not be taken lightly. These anomalies are long lasting with varying intensities and can easily effect an individual’s personal, social and occupational functioning.
Samreen Masud is currently serving as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways Lahore. She has done her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore and her BSc. Hons. in Applied Psychology from Kinnaird College as well. She has had the experience of working as an intern at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center. There she became expert in counseling and relaxation techniques working with cancer patients both adults and children.
Editor: Arman Ahmed
Anxiety can be defined as a normal human emotion experienced by all individuals. When faced with a tough task, many people feel nervous or in other terms anxious. Anxiety can sometimes be helpful as it drives an individual to accomplish certain tasks with high quality on given deadlines, but when the anxiety starts causing distress and interferes with the person’s normal functioning, it becomes worrisome.
Fear and depression on the other hand can cause much more dysfunction in people’s life. They can get the best of us and render us ineffective in standard operations. Depression, in worse case scenarios, can even lead to suicide and according to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 800,000 people die due to suicide annually and the most common incidences are among young adults from ages 15 to 29 years.
Many famous celebrities have openly admitted to falling victims to their fears and depression. Princes Diana suffered from postpartum depression along with an eating disorder and as her marriage fell apart, her depressed state even worsened. A number of other showbiz individuals have also been reported to have committed suicide or overdosed on certain drugs due to depression for example Heath Ledger, who accidently overdosed on painkillers, anxiety medications and sleeping pills after suffering from insomnia for quite a long time.