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Recognising the Signs of Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression manifest in many ways, with symptoms varying widely from person to person. While this can make detection difficult, those affected will usually exhibit at least one or more of the most common symptoms.


Depression can be hard to observe in others, as many of its symptoms are internal. While it is challenging to recognise feelings of apathy, worthlessness, and loss of interest in daily activities, observable effects of these feelings may be more apparent, such as changes in sleeping patterns, energy levels, weight, and appetite.


Similar to depression, the symptoms of anxiety are often internal. These commonly include:

  • excessive worrying
  • feelings of nervousness and restlessness
  • panic attacks

There are many degrees of anxiety, ranging from worrying that causes mild sleep problems to more severe forms with the potential to disrupt a person’s daily life. A sufferer may develop an aversion to places or activities that cause stress and anxiety, and depression can often be experienced due to a reduced quality of life. Anxiety is usually caused by certain stressors, but can also be experienced with no apparent trigger.

What to do if you recognise any of these signs

If any of these signs or symptoms seem familiar, suffering in silence is not necessary. Receiving professional help has been proven to be highly effective at minimising anxiety and depression. If you or someone you know is affected, help is at hand.

The Illawarra Counselling Centre is a leading provider of professional counselling services. Our qualified psychologists provide an impartial, friendly environment for concerns to be discussed without fear of judgment. We also teach techniques to cope with anxiety and stress, providing our clients with the tools they need to feel happier and healthier.