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Like a medical sickness, help is available for anxiety or depression. Feeling better may take both health care and time, like any other sickness.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says loneliness, shame and blame often go along with mental illness. That can make it hard for someone to reach out for help. NAMI launched a campaign called CureStigma to raise awareness.
Stigma makes people feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. It’s dangerous. It can make people skip seeking help for their illness. Compassion and understanding, talking openly about the illness and working to end fear and shame can improve the chance of someone getting the help they need to get better.
Some things are warnings of both, such as sleeping issues, being tired and trouble focusing. But there are also differences.Signs of Anxiety
Signs of Depression
There are also different kinds of depression and anxiety. Find out more about depression from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America . Learn about anxiety from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .
If you need help, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find a skilled therapist, counselor or psychologist. If you need help finding a doctor, call us at the number on the back of your BCBSIL ID card.
Originally published 5/28/2019; Revised 2022
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