Definitions of Common Concepts
Depression is a feeling of sadness that often does not go away on its own. For many people, this feeling creeps up over time; growing stronger each day. This includes feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and low self worth. People who are depressed often separate themselves from others, which can make the depression worse. Changes in sleeping and eating habits are common with depression.
Anxiety is a feeling of strong worry that can grow to the point of interfering with one's life. Panic attacks are a common experience with anxiety. This is when these feelings of worry and fear become so intense is is difficult to cope with common life circumstances.
Anger itself is not a bad emotion. It often lets us know when something is wrong in our life. The problem comes in when anger grows out of control and takes over the rest of our feelings. People who are constantly angry risk becoming aggressive and even violent.
Mood swing happen when a person feels happy or calm one minute, then depressed or angry the next without an identified trigger. Many people that experience strong mood swings feel out of control and desire more balance.
Trauma is a serious and potentially life altering experience emotionally and mentally. People are impacted by a traumatic experience that happens to themselves or someone they care about. This includes experiencing or witnessing abuse, neglect, and violence. Those individuals that work on the front lines of society often experience increased exposure to trauma.