Signs of Anxiety and Depression - dummies

By Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith, Aaron T. Beck, MD

Part of Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Everyone worries and experiences sadness but when these feelings consume you and affect how you relate to people and situations, you could be dealing with anxiety and depression. Go through this list of possible indicators of emotional distress and check all that apply to you (the more you check, the more serious the possible problem):

  • I worry all the time.

  • I feel like a total loser.

  • My appetite isn’t what it should be.

  • I feel like I can’t catch my breath.

  • I don’t look forward to anything.

  • I’m a very nervous person.

  • I can’t think as well as I should.

  • I feel a lot of guilt.

  • I’m not interested in doing anything.

  • I feel hopeless.

  • I have a lot of fears.

  • My sleep is disturbed.

  • I’ve been having thoughts about death lately.

  • I avoid friends and social situations.

  • I can’t make decisions about anything.

  • I don’t have any energy lately.

  • My mood has been really low.

  • Sometimes I feel panicky.

  • My heart races for no reason at all.

If you think you may have a problem with serious depression, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide, please seek a professional consultation promptly.