I think that a lot of people including myself, had depression when we were young and it manifested as a lack of energy. It’s difficult to remember back so far, but I did have a general feeling of malaise and apathy that continues to this day. My Mother was very much that way. She was lethargic, depressed, moody, couldn’t complete some tasks, and ran late most of the time. I believe that depression led to my anxiety. I had a feeling of not quite being able to keep up with people or events. A feeling of not being in the loop of things or left behind, which made me nervous.
Anxiety often runs in the background, almost unnoticed if you’ve had it for long enough periods. It can be draining and obviously energy depleting.
Generalized anxiety can cause physical symptoms, such as muscle tension or pain, headaches, nausea, and trembling. If you tend to worry a lot, that’s a good indication of anxiety. If you’ve been able to suppress it most of the time, you can even fool yourself into believing that it’s not a problem because it feels so normal.
Francesca, please read this.
Stress, Anxiety, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome http://www.webmd.com/ibs/irritable-bowel-with-diarrhea-16/ibs-d-stress
It’s not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome are related — or which one comes first — but studies show they can happen together.
When a doctor talks to people with this digestive disorder, “what you find is that about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders,” says Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany.
The most common mental ailment people with irritable bowel syndrome have is generalized anxiety disorder, Blanchard says. He thinks more than 60% of IBS patients with a psychiatric illness have that type of anxiety. Another 20% have depression, and the rest have other disorders.
Regardless of whether they have irritable bowel syndrome, people with anxiety tend to worry greatly about issues such as health, money, or careers. Other symptoms include upset stomach, trembling, muscle aches, insomnia, dizziness, and irritability.
There are several theories about the connection between IBS, stress, and anxiety:
Although psychological problems like anxiety don’t cause irritable bowel syndrome, people with the digestive disorder may be more sensitive to emotional troubles.
Stress and anxiety may make the mind more aware of spasms in the colon.
IBS may be triggered by the immune system, which is affected by stress.