Module 3: Introduction to Anxiety and Depression
We are in the midst of a mental health epidemic. Depression & Anxiety are two of the most common and disabling medical conditions in the world.
Anxiety is the brain’s reaction to a perceived threat, and the body’s associated effects.
In our modern world, these same responses built for survival are at the center of an overactive stress response.
Depression is marked by chronic feelings of low self-worth, low mood, sadness, lethargy, and irritability as well as concerning symptoms such as loss of appetite, suicidal thoughts, and severe disruptions in sleep.
Depression and anxiety often travel together and, in fact, many of the symptoms overlap and people commonly experience both.
Everyone experiences sadness, worry, and fear, but depression and anxiety can be long-lasting, medical conditions that often recur and can cause significant challenges for individuals and families.
At all times our mental state is being influenced by our biology, psychology and environment – a bio-psycho-social model
The information in this course is designed to help you translate the latest science about depression and anxiety into actionable self-care.