Depression and anxiety are common conditions. In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. While depression and anxiety are different conditions, it is not uncommon for them to occur at the same time.
Over half of those who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety. In some cases, one can lead to the onset of the other. Mood fluctuations are a normal part of the human condition.
Troubling events trigger sad moods, joyful events trigger happy moods, and periods of low stress and high social support can lead to a mood of contentment. However, moods do not always correspond to outside events, and negative moods may persist even when there does not seem to be an obvious cause. Supplements may help.
If your negative moods are severe or long-lasting, consult a qualified healthcare provider.