Anxiety and Depression & the Dangers of Sitting Too Much – Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
- Generalized anxiety disorder affects 7 million people and two times more women than men.
- 6 million suffer from panic attacks each year
- 15 million have social anxiety
- 19 million suffer from specific phobias
Anxiety often leads to depression. Depression affects all aspects of people’s lives and can be persistent and last at least 2 years. It has genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors.
Depression is the leading cause of heart disease in women under 30. Signs of anxiety and depression include:
- Persistent sadness
Experts have linked the amount that people sit down during the day to a heightened risk for anxiety and depression. Sitting for 6 or more hours a day can also lead to obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis
Instead of getting home and putting on comfy clothes, slip on something that you can sweat in. You can do simple workouts at home like lunges and jumping jacks to decrease your risk of these health problems. Small changes in your everyday routine that gets you more active help prevent anxiety and depression.
Enjoy television in moderation. 36% of high school students who watched 2 hours of television a day suffered from more anxiety than those who watched less.
Tattoos are a way that some are expressing and overcoming their depression. The semicolon is a symbol that stands for something that could have ended, but didn’t. The Semicolon Project is a movement dedicated to helping those who are depressed or have anxiety. Tattoos aren’t the only way to deal with anxiety and depression, however. There are many other options out there as well.
Many new wearable technologies are coming out to help those who suffer anxiety or depression beat the blues.