Most people experience nervousness, a sense of worry, and sadness. Anxiety can be part of our normal life style and can happen at any given time of the day or life time to any one of us or family members. Anxiety can be referred as physical, mental, and behavioral changes in respond to threat. Also refer as "fight or flight". Anxiety disorder is different from every day anxiety to the point that interferes with a person's life. In the other hand, depression is a mood disorder that may be felt as an ongoing sadness.
Symptoms of anxiety may include: a sense of worry, an overwhelming feeling of panic, and difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms of depression may include: sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, anhedonia (loss of interest in activities such as work, sport, and sex), fatigue, and agitation.
Some things that may allow you to help someone with anxiety or depression include:
Talking about their experiences, indicating that you have notice a change in their behavior, highlight the option of seeing a health professional, recommend or assist them to make the appointment, go with them to see the doctor, talk openly about their feelings, encourage them to rest, encourage them to to face their fear with the help of their doctor or psychologist, and contact their doctor if they become a threat for themselves or others.
Things that ARE NOT very helpful:
don't pressure them to just relax or calm down, don't stay away, don't assume that you can make them feel less anxious on your own, don't help them avoid situations that make them feel anxious, and don't assume the problem will just go away.