Things You May be Doing Because of Your Anxiety and Depression

With May being mental health awareness month, it is important to not only recognize these things in others but also yourself. You may be struggling in general and not know that you are really struggling with your mental health. Here is a list of common anxiety and depression symptoms:

  • Zoning out
  • Dissociating
  • Seeking reassurance
  • Over apologizing
  • Over analyzing
  • Picking at your skin
  • Biting your nails and lips
  • Fidgeting
  • Staying up late
  • Obsessing over the worst case scenarios
  • Questioning your own actions
  • Questioning what you have said to others
  • Ignoring notifications
  • Looking at every notification to clear it right away
  • Rehearsing “scripts” in your head for scenarios
  • Canceling plans
  • Clenching your jaw
  • Shaking
  • Tapping your fingers, feet, or legs
  • Irritability
  • Hyperventilating
  • Magnifying your mistakes
  • Comparing yourself and your life to others
  • Overthinking
  • Distracting yourself by being on your phone
  • Delaying simple tasks or chores for days or weeks at a time
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Withdrawing yourself from hobbies
  • Letting the small things affect you
  • Avoiding talking or thinking about the future
  • Avoiding being alone with your thoughts
  • Reengaging with something that once brought you comfort (such as a familiar tv show)
  • Struggling with falling asleep
  • Having a hard time getting out of bed
  • Feeling tired all the time

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms regularly, you may be experiencing anxiety or depression. It may benefit you to speak with your doctor and see what you can do from there. If you notice someone else experiencing these symptoms, it may be a good idea to reach out to them and see if there is anything you can do to help. Remember, not all people have the same symptoms or carry them the same. This is your friendly reminder to be kind to everyone. 

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