Caring for your mind

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Everyone feels down or stressed out once in a while, but if you feel like that all the time, you may need to talk with someone. A caring adult, supportive friends, or your doctor may be able to help.

How stressed are you?

Changes in your life — even ones that don't seem important — can make you stressed. And too much stress for too long can make you anxious or depressed.

If your stress level is high, think about making a plan to manage stress.

When you're anxious

Everyone feels anxious sometimes. But if you're anxious all the time, or avoiding people or situations because you feel tense and worried, you should find ways to reduce anxiety.

Anxiety has physical and emotional symptoms.

Physical symptoms

  • feeling edgy or restless
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty sleeping
  • sweaty or cold, clammy hands
  • trembling, twitching, or shaking
  • feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • muscle tension, aches, or soreness

Emotional symptoms

  • fear
  • worry
  • anger
  • irritability
  • panic or fear of panic

Learn more about anxiety and what you can do to feel better.

When you're blue

Depression isn't just a day when you feel down or sad. It can last for weeks or even months, and it can affect your whole life.

Know the signs of depression

  • Loss of interest in things you normally enjoy.
  • Feeling down, irritable, or hopeless.
  • Thoughts that life isn't worth living or that you would be better off dead.
  • Feeling worthless or guilty.
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Unexplained decrease or increase in appetite. (Gained or lost 5 percent of your body weight during the last month.)
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, remembering, and making decisions.
  • Feeling tired a lot of the time; having less energy.
  • Your feelings are interfering with your ability to work or take care of your daily responsibilities.
  • Feeling restless, unable to sit still, or unusually slow in movement or action.

The good news: depression is not only common, it's treatable. Learn more about what causes it, and how it's treated.

We care about your health and helping you make wise care decisions. Understanding what kind of care you need is important.

If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Do not attempt to access emergency care through this website. Learn more about what a medical or psychiatric emergency is.

Other things you may be worried about

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Reviewed by: Mark Groshek, MD, April 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

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