Some of us are perplexed when we hear the term “Unipolar” Depression. This is a term used to describe “Major Depression” which is different from Bipolar (Manic). This mental state is more understandable if we think of a mood that occurs on a regular basis.

For example: Good (Up) or Bad (Down) and in some cases the mood remains in a neutral state. Someone suffering from this disorder can experience a serious impairment which stems from shifting between up and down moods, such as having Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder:
A seesaw back and forth between moods. “Bi” meaning two.
Major Depression:
Remaining in the “Down” mood without displaying mood swings. (Stuck in the depressed mood). “Uni” meaning one.

The worldwide disability ranking number 10 is “Mood Disorders”. First on the list is “Uni Depression”.
Families of people who are suffering with major depression also suffer from the illness themselves. Family and friends sometimes experience frustration, guilt, anger and financial difficulties while trying to cope with the suffering of their family member or friend diagnosed with major depression.

Depression is not understood in totality but we know a number of facts that may cause someone to suffer from depression. It is also understood that people who are depressed cannot pull themselves out of it and getting better depends on proper medicine and treatment.

The economy is also affected negatively by major depression. Workers are absent a great deal or cannot function productively. Even with this problem affecting our society; a small number of people actually seek medical help to relieve the mood disorder. But depressed people will visit a doctor.

However there are those people who express their sadness in physical ways and must undergo diagnostics while the real mood disorder is left undiagnosed. Because of this; depression related doctor visits are responsible for a large amount of health care expenditures.

Anxiety Disorder
Extreme nervous reactions to stressful situations are called “Anxiety Disorders”. An example is (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or phobia development.
The American Psychiatric Association states that 4 or more of these physical symptoms of anxiety must be intense and present, reaching their peak within ten minutes; for diagnosis of panic, anxiety disorder to be accepted.

Many people experience some or all of the following symptoms:
Palpitations (Heart Beating Hard and/or Fast or Pounding)
Conscious, unpleasant awareness of one's own heartbeat or a sensation of skipped or stopped beats. Palpitations felt in the chest, throat, or neck followed by emotions like excitement or fright.

Sweating - Perspiration
Unnatural sweats. Sweating is natural, especially when exercising, or hot, or when something happened to cause an emotional response (like anger, embarrassment, nervousness, being afraid or anxious).

Trembling or Shaking
Trembling or shaking may be associated with fatigue, stress, anxiety, anger, or rage. But, a constant tremor not associated with altered emotional states could be a sign of disease or abnormal conditions and should be evaluated.

Shortness of Breath - Breathlessness - Difficulty Breathing
Difficult or uncomfortable breathing or feelings of not getting enough air. If the brain, muscles, or other body organs do not receive enough oxygen, a sense of breathlessness occurs. Emotional distress, such as anxiety, may cause difficult breathing.

Difficulty Swallowing
This may be felt in the neck or, behind the breastbone (sternum). Sometimes emotional distress, such as anxiety, may lead to difficult swallowing.

Sharp Pains in the Chest or Chest Discomfort
Unexpected chest pain is normal for people fearing the worst because this pain is a symptom when many people think "heart attack." Sometimes chest pains are caused by panic or anxiety attacks.

Abdominal Pain - Stomach Pain
Abdominal pain may be associated with a multitude of conditions like anxiety or strong emotions. Some symptoms do not occur within the abdomen itself but may cause abdominal discomfort.

Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea is controlled by part of the nervous system that controls involuntary bodily functions. Vomiting is a reflex controlled by the vomiting center in the brain. Vomiting can be brought on by various triggers, like smell, taste, anxiety, pain, motion, changes in the body caused by inflammation, poor blood flow, or irritation.

Dizziness - Lightheadedness - Faintness
Dizziness is a feeling of faintness or light headedness which makes it difficult to maintain balance while standing or sitting. Persistent light headed feeling without other symptoms may be due to anxiety, rather than a brain tumor or other hidden disease. If it is severe, some anti-anxiety medications can help treat light headedness and dizziness.

Hot or Cold Flashes
Short lasting feelings of warm or cool sensations in the upper body or emotional distress, such as anxiety, can lead to hot or cold flashes.

Fear of Losing Control, Dying, or "Going Crazy" may be due to anxiety panic attacks.

Anxiety disorder and panic attacks are common disorders. Doctors understand so make a list of your symptoms and take it with you to so you don't forget any of them. Be sure to talk openly and freely with your doctor so you can get the help you deserve.

If you have any of these anxiety symptoms listed above, please don't suffer any longer and go seek help immediately. Get properly diagnosed because only a professional can diagnose anxiety.

Those with Fibromyalgia find themselves feeling continually “uptight,” stressed, panicked and worried. This anxiety seems to have no obvious cause and this makes it more difficult to cope with. Anxiety also causes physical symptoms like twitching, headaches, dry mouth, and difficulty swallowing.

Like depression, when anxiety occurs in association with Fibromyalgia, it is often a result of feeling helpless. Anxiety can be exacerbated by caffeine, cold remedies, and tricyclic antidepressants, so if you are experiencing both depression and anxiety, consult your doctor for an appropriate medical evaluation.

Author's Bio: 

Marie Johnson is a Chicago Author who also uses the name Shirley Marie Johnson for ghostwriting purposes. Her first published book is "For Mist" which was released in 2009 and can be purchased on and Barnes & as well as
She was raised in Ida B. Wells Homes on Chicago's southside and attended James R. Doolittle School and Wendell Phillips Academy. Via higher education a BA from Roosevelt University, BS from Northern Illinois University and a MA was earned from MacMurray College.
Marie Johnson founded and funded Compudyne Community Service (A human resource linkage for homeless & displaced families) in 1995 with personal funds and Marie Johnson Inc. (LLC) (writing, freelance & event planners)in 2009.
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