How Depression & Anxiety Affect Both Men & Women

Kim Poteat of Happy Mommy, Tired Mommy has graciously offered to write for Living With Real Joy, sharing a perspective of both men and women regarding depression and anxiety. She took the time to interview 2 different people – 1 man and 1 woman – so we could see inside their lives and they could share their experiences with us. (This post contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure here.)

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According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the most common mental disorder is anxiety. With that being said depression and anxiety . . . though not the same, they go hand in hand. It is not uncommon to have both. Anxiety affects eighteen percent of people a year. There are many factors when it comes to depression as there is no one cause for it.

Today I am going to write about an interview with two different people who have opened up to me about their depression and anxiety. I have written out six questions and here are their answers.

Interview with Ale

1.  If you could work on changing one unhealthy behavior what would it be?

Ale: “One behavior I would like to change is my Anger. I would like to find a better way of controlling it.”

2. What activity would you enjoy adding to your schedule every day?

Ale: “ I  would like to add walking to my schedule, to help myself feel better and to help my self-esteem.”

3. What is one of your triggers when it comes to your mental health?

Ale: “ When I become stressed out even by something that might seem small to someone else (for example, traffic) it makes me anxious. If I feel rushed, I do not have enough time to do something.”

4. Do you need constant motivation to get tasks done?

Ale: “Yes. When I receive positive reinforcement it helps me get through the day and makes me want to do daily tasks.”

5. What does depression mean to you?

Ale: “Depression to me is a never-ending hole that you can not climb out of. It means some days I can not move or get out of bed.”

6. How can family and friends help you through a difficult time?

Ale: “Family and friends can help me through a difficult time by being supportive and understanding of my illness. Also by not putting so much pressure on me.”

Ale is a man dealing with depression. Even though depression is more common in woman, men can suffer from it as well.

Next I am going to talk about a woman’s struggle with depression.

Interview with CeCe

1. If you could work on changing one unhealthy behavior what would it be?

CeCe: “The unhealthy behavior I would want to change is my self-sabotaging.”

2. What activity would you enjoy adding to your schedule every day?

CeCe: “The activity I would enjoy adding to my daily schedule would be sitting through a movie or tv show.”

3. What is one of your triggers when it comes to your mental health?

CeCe: “One of my triggers is being reminded of my past, any trauma that I went through.”

4. Do you need constant motivation to get tasks done?

CeCe: “Yes. I need a ton of motivation to get even the simplest tasks done.”

5. What does depression mean to you?

CeCe: “Depression means setting myself up for failure no matter what it is I’m doing. It means feeling myself deteriorate with each passing day.”

6. How can family and friends help you through a difficult time?

CeCe: “ Friends and family can tell me everything is going to be alright. They can be supportive and understanding during my times of struggle and regression.”

Depression and anxiety affect many people in different ways. Some symptoms can be similar to others. Getting treatment and finding ways to cope is different for everyone. If you have loved ones suffering from depression and anxiety do not hesitate to reach out to them. Let them know you are there for them. Seek professional advice or help if needed.

My name is Kim. I’m a 27-year-old, stay at home mom. I have a wonderful one-year-old son and enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my family. Come check out my blog sometime at https://www.happymommytiredmommy.com.

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