Depression and Anger
DEPRESSION AND ANGER
PRINCETON FAMILY CARE
Are depression and anger linked together?
Anger is a really important component of depression, especially in Men
What are the negative risks of anger to your health?
Anger increases the likelihood of high blood pressure and stroke, and can contribute to heart disease, lung problems, migraines, back pain.
What are some coping mechanisms when feeling angry, depressed, scare, confused, anxious?
1) Identify your feeling and try and analyze what may have triggered it
2) Accept the emotion – Feelings need to be felt to be resolved
3) Press pause – anger management advice often emphasizes taking a deep breath counting to 10, taking a walk, listening to music, or similar methods for putting your emotion on hold.
4) Distract yourself
5) Find your happy place
6) Journal your feelings
Who is affected by depression?
About 8% of adults every year suffer from depression
What are the different types of depression?
1) Major Depressive Disorder – combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, enjoy activities
2) Dysthymia – two years or longer of sadness, which prevents one from feeling well, but may not interfere with day to day functioning
3) Postpartum Depression – if new mother develops a major depressive episode within one month of delivery
4) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – onset of depressive illness during winter, when there is less sunlight
5) Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive illness) – cycling mood changes from extreme highs to lows
6) Psychotic Depression – severe depression with some psychosis, break with reality, hallucinations, delusions
What are signs and symptoms of depression:
Emotional signs: persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings, feelings of hopelessness or negativity, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in once pleasurable hobbies or activities
Physical: chest pain, fatigue, headaches, pain in back or muscles, weight loss or gain, digestive issues
What is the treatment for depression?
Combination of medication and/or psychological counseling, along with good social support