Depression and anxiety are, by far, the most common symptoms of emotional distress. A variety of research has relatively consistently estimated that about 20% of Americans experience depression and/or anxiety in any given year.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an inner state of tension, worry, fear and the anticipation of something bad happening – often not specific. Anxiety also often includes some of the large number of physical symptoms associated with it. Some of these symptoms include the feeling of a knot in the pit of the stomach, chest pain or tightness (many people go the ER, fearing they have had a heart attack) twitches, pacing, finger-tapping, dry mouth, unexpected perspiration, odd pains and discomfort, etc.
The most common symptom of depression is a sad or depressed mood and is usually accompanied by a decrease in energy and activity, fatigue, loss of interest in activities that have usually been enjoyed, unexplained changes in eating and sleeping patterns, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism and guilt, etc.
The good news is that about 80% of the people who commit themselves to treatment get significant relief.