• Samantha Lehmann

How do you support someone with Anxiety and Depression?

I first started experiencing anxiety symptoms at 18; tight chest, racing thoughts and panic attacks, I had no idea what was happening to me or why, many times I thought I was dying. I was a very happy and outgoing teenager with a very happy family life and many friends. I never went to a doctor as they would go away for a while and then come back now and then. I was functioning; studying and working so didn’t really see it as a mental health problem.

At the age of 24 whilst working I was experiencing it again and decided that I needed to address it so went and saw my GP, he diagnosed me with Anxiety and we started on a low dose Antidepressant, I told him I wasn’t depressed but he explained that If I continued to ignore these symptoms it could turn into depression. I gave it a go and felt better pretty quickly, this was the beginning of my recovery of Anxiety.

Although I have had some setbacks over the years I have lived a very normal and healthy life, I have addressed it when I have needed to and I am so glad I got the help when I did. When I suffered in my late teens and early 20s, I didn’t know anybody that was experiencing the same thing. My friends didn’t understand and I felt completely isolated.

I am so glad to see that there is so much more awareness now and that there is plenty of support networks and programs to seek help. Now at nearly 43 I have met hundreds of people who have had anxiety or depression in their life time or are dealing with it today.

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety.1

At The Empathy Gift Co we sell a lot of comfort products to support someone going through Anxiety and depression. More than anything your loved ones going through this challenging time need you to be there with warmth, kindness, patience and no judgement and giving a little gift will also make them feel loved and supported.

Here are our Top 5 Gifts for men and women.

1. Healing Teas from Tea Amo -

These two teas Calm and Unwind have been our best seller, the herbal ingredients have a sedative and relaxing effect and are ideal for someone dealing with worry and stress.

2. Coffee/tea Mugs and Candles

Inspirational mugs and our broad selection of soy candles have been equally popular, with Supportive quotes and calming and fresh scented candles they have been an easy choice for the gift giver.

3. Self help and colouring books

Books, journals and colouring books are absolutely perfect for someone with anxiety and depression. They not only provide helpful tips for the reader but can also be very therapeutic and calming. These have been our best sellers.

4. Pampering products

Self care is absolutely imperative when you are suffering from Anxiety or depression. Taking warm baths, going for walks, resting, having a massage and being kind to yourself is the only way to heal. Getting well again takes time so treating yourself well and gently is a must. Here are our Best selling pampering products

5. Pocket tokens and key rings

These hand made pewter stamped inspirational and comforting key rings and pocket tokens have been fantastic for both males and females. Often the person who is dealing with this mental health setback just needs to know that everything is going to be ok and that they will be well again. Give them that promise with one of these.

I love being able to help you communicate your love and support to those you care about going through a stressful time and as someone who knows Anxiety very well I am sure that these gifts will give your special person the comfort and care they need.

If anyone reading this is experiencing debilitating symptoms of Anxiety or Depression please visit your GP or

visit Beyond Blue

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

1.Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.

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