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Circumstances this year have taken a toll on many people's mental health.
For example, recent figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics found depression rates have doubled during the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple studies have also shown a rise in mental health concerns.
And while it's worth paying attention to your own mental health, it's also important to look out for the people around you — as often it's a partner, family member or carer who first realises that help is needed.
So how can you know if someone close to you is dealing with anxiety or depression? If you’re worried about asking them directly, there are signs you can watch out for.
Someone may have anxiety if they:
Someone may be depressed if they:
It's important to remember that symptoms of these conditions aren't always obvious and can develop gradually.
Quote of the day
Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far.
Jodi Picoult, writer