Our expert says:
PSYCHIATRIST: Frances, good to hear that you have a support group in Worcester.
Triggers of Anxiety: Biological:often a genetic predispostion ie: there is a family history of anxiety
May present together with depressive disorders
Need to make sure there are no other physical disorders like thyroid illness
Psychological: Certain personality types are more prone to depression
Severe childhood traumas
Sociological: Circumstantial stressors eg financial,marital,occupational
Depressed person with multiple symptoms: Definitely needs to see GP, clinic doctor or psychiatrist for clear diagnosis and psychologist for psychotherapy. Make sure person does not have Bipolar Mood Disorder,substance abuse,personality disorder, abnormal EEG.
Religion in Depression: Depends on the role that religion generally plays in that person's life. What I do feel should be addressed with patients is that depressed patients may feel that they have "lost" their relationship with God or that they are unable to pray and this at a time in their lives when they feel their faith and spiritual belief should be a support to them. This often generates a lot of guilt feelings. I explain that when you are depressed your relationships with most people, family and friends etc, are negatively affected and so too is your relationship with God or your spiritual leader. Try to encourage the person not to add guilt feelings to all their other depressive emotions. All these relationships will be restored as the person recovers from their depression.
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