About one in six women in Australia will experience depression and about one in three women will experience anxiety at some point in their life. The statistics demonstrate just how common these feelings are.
In this article, we look again at depression and anxiety to help normalise these conditions and, empower you to recognise and manage these feelings if they arise by seeking help from a qualified health professional.
Depression and anxiety can be spurred by one or several factors that affect women, including:
- Caring or supporting others
- Experiencing a relationship breakdown
- Violence or abuse
- Gender discrimination
- Other illnesses and conditions
- Discrimination based on sexuality
- Perinatal loss
- Pregnancy, having a baby, and becoming a mother
In addition to surrounding yourself with loved ones, meeting with family and friends, and staying physically active, there are some other lifestyle actions that may help manage depression and anxiety or manage symptoms early on.
Ways to Help Manage Depression and Anxiety as We Age
- Seek Support via eHealth
Therapy is an important and effective intervention for preventing depression and anxiety. Specialized support from professionals helps provide you with the specialized tools to express your feelings and manage your reaction to different situations.
eHealth is a great option to seeking support from home. You can speak to a specialist by phone or video call.
- Read self-help books
Research shows that self-help manuals and books can be effective for people who are showing early signs of depression and anxiety. They allow you to find authors that write in a voice that is appealing to you and that you feel speak to your situation.
There are many ways you can care for your mental health to prevent and manage early symptoms of depression and anxiety. Getting help and making choices that are good for your mental health are good for you and for your loved ones who want to see that you are okay.
- Managing health disorders
Often, the causes of depression and anxiety are rooted in the symptoms or effects of other diseases or conditions. Unmanaged type 2 diabetes, for example, maybe a constant source of anxiety for some people, while female pattern baldness may be affecting your self-esteem. Talking to specialists about more effectively managing your current health conditions could be an effective approach to preventing depression and anxiety.
There are some causes of depression and anxiety that you cannot manage on your own, and that is okay. There are also some actions you can take that may to reduce the likelihood or impact of these feelings occurring. If you are concerned you should seek support from your health care team, including your pharmacist. If you are in distress, reach out to the Beyond Blue website or call them on 1300 22 4636. Help is at hand.
Written by Sasha A.
With a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master of Science, Sasha shares her knowledge in articles about food, nutrition, health, and fitness.
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