How we are feeling (our emotional state) impacts our ability to accomplish day-to-day tasks and life goals.
Two of the most common emotional disturbances that can cause distress and interfere in our lives are depression and anxiety. Anxiety can take many different forms, but one of the most common is social anxiety.
Feeling sad or low from time to time is a part of life, but a persistent low mood could be a sign of depression. For some people, depression makes them irritable or causes them to act out against others. Depression is becoming a problem when the feelings don't go away, intensify and begin to interfere with school, work, family and friends in your daily life.
Everyone feels anxious at times, but too much anxiety can interfere with school, work, home life and relationships. Anxiety is a problem when it becomes intense or continual, and makes it harder for you to do the things you want to do.
Feeling nervous or shy when meeting someone new or performing in front of a group is something many of us have experienced. Social anxiety can be a problem when constant worry about embarrassment interferes with your relationships with friends or your performance at school or at work.