As you have dug into reading about psychological disorders this week, you may have found yourself reviewing the symptoms and noting, “Hey! I think I have depression…no, wait, I have PTSD…no, I have GAD…wait, I think I have them all!!” It is likely each of us can relate to struggling with a symptom or two of a disorder, yet most will not reach the criteria for a mental health diagnosis. For example, many of us can relate to struggling with feelings of worry and having “the blues.” More importantly, the coping strategies we develop play a major role in the impact of these symptoms on daily living. Despite the severity of symptoms, whether experiencing sadness or clinical depression, there are a variety of strategies that can be used to improve mood.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Consider the symptoms of either depression or anxiety. Review the Learning Resources regarding these disorders, focusing on distinguishing characteristics of clinical depression or anxiety and how they differ from feelings of sadness or worry.
The Assignment (2- to 3-page paper):
Describe the symptoms of depression and explain how depression differs from feelings of sadness or describe the symptoms of clinical anxiety and explain how clinical anxiety differs from feelings of worry.
Research at least two strategies for combating symptoms of depression or anxiety. Utilize only peer-reviewed journals for your research. Share how your chosen strategies could also be utilized as preventative or protective strategies to implement the next time you encounter worry or sadness.