5 Reasons It’s So Hard to Combat Anxiety and Depression and What You Can Do

Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid of negative emotions is so easy, why is it that more than 21 million children and adults get diagnosed with depression each year and that depression is the leading cause of disability for adults age 15-44? Why is it that 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder? The truth is we can’t just get rid of negative emotions whenever we feel like it. Sometimes we can distract ourselves or think more positively, but at other times the emotions grab hold of us and cling on.  The reason it is such a struggle to combat negative emotions is that they are there for a reason—to warn us of danger and gear up our minds and bodies for escape or self-protection or to help us withdraw and conserve energy when we face a loss. But sometimes these reactions are unwarranted, too intense, or interfere with effective coping and problem-solving. Here are five reasons why negative emotions are so hard to manage.…MORE

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4 Responses to 5 Reasons It’s So Hard to Combat Anxiety and Depression and What You Can Do

  1. sarasinart says:

    Good article from a mental health perspective after working the field for a long time.

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  2. I thought the piece was very well-written and informative. Anxiety and Depression have been so stigmatized by our society that many folks won’t even consider themselves capable of these issues. And yes, they’re issues, not disorders. Everyone encounters these issues to some degree throughout their life, but knowing that AND knowing it’s okay to talk about it is something I think folks self-insulate themselves from to a degree. The presentation in this article allows us to consider things in a more balanced manor and I thought that info might be helpful.

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  3. Capt Jill says:

    I wonder what’s the deal exactly? WHY are so many people in our society so depressed and anxious? WHY is it so much more prevalent now?
    I wonder why so many of us are living our lives in such a way that we feel like we just have to put up with all the things that are just sucking the soul right out of us?
    I think it might help to have some sort of national pow wow on this sort of thing, but instead everyone is being distracted with the usual sport and celebrity BS.
    Does anyone else see the resemblance to the Romans bread and circuses?

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