Symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders — alone or co-occurring alongside an eating disorder — can be diverse, varying from person to person. Mood issues and anxiety tend to go hand-in-hand. It is common to find anxious features in an individual suffering with a depression just as it is common to find some depressive features in an a person struggling with debilitating anxiety, fear and worry.
In general, these symptoms extend beyond “normal” sadness or concern associated with the events of daily life, and are instead prolonged, intense and debilitating.
Symptoms of mood disorders include:
- Sustained sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference, apathy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Loss of energy, lethargy
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests or hobbies
- Social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Mood swings
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- Persistent or intense fear or worry
- Feelings of nervousness, apprehension or dread
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling tense, “jumpy” or on edge
- Physical symptoms of anxiety include fast/pounding heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath, shaking/tremors/twitches, muscle tension, headaches, upset stomach, dizziness, frequent need to urinate, diarrhea, fatigue.
Seek help if you are experiencing any these symptoms
Mood and anxiety disorders can feel very isolating and sometimes it’s hard to reach out for help. However, once you do, you are not alone in your struggle – and recovery is possible!
To learn more about the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program offered at Eating Recovery Center, please call us at 877-825-8584.