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Anxiety Versus Depression

anxiety-versus-depression-headerWhat is the difference between anxiety and depression?

In these troubled times, it isn’t uncommon to to acquainted with  someone who is fighting depression.  One out of five people count themselves in that group.  It’s also not uncommon to come across someone who has been dealing with anxiety attacks.   Depression and anxiety are both serious illnesses and they can have similar roots.  There is, however, a great difference between the two mental illnesses.

Anxiety and Depression Diagnosis and Treatment

Yes there are some similar symptoms shared by both depression and anxiety.  But in fact, depression and anxiety are two different conditions.  So what is the difference between anxiety and depression? What are the symptoms and causes?  

A person who is suffering from depression can seem to be overwhelmed by life in general, and often will appear to have and report that they have, a lack of energy. Sometimes their depression can get to the point where they seem to withdraw fully from the world around them. Here are some of the classic symptoms associated with each of these prevalent mental illnesses.

Depression

  • Being excessively tired and wanting to sleep all the time or sometimes also just the opposite, being exceedingly tired but reportedly, unable to sleep.
  • Unable to concentrate, even on those things that should seem simple to do.
  • Feeling helplessness and/or hopelessness.
  • Being unable to control negative or frightening thoughts, and feelings.
  • Sensing a loss of appetite and a lack of desire to eat.
  • Becoming more irritable and short tempered with others.

Anxiety

  • Constant stress, worrying and tension.
  • Feeling on edge and having a feeling of restlessness.
  • Feeling irritable most of the time.
  • Tense body and muscles.
  • Suffering from headaches.
  • Trouble sleeping that can lead to insomnia.
  • Constantly going to the bathroom.
  • Nausea, and even vomiting.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Sweating for no apparent reason.

The Relationship Between Depression and Anxiety 

It has also been highly documented that a large percentage of individuals suffer simultaneously from both.  And on ocassion are at risk of developing depression after dealing with anxiety.  Often both need to be treated at once.

This may be why the two conditions have been confused with one another.  A doctor or a psychologist is trained to distinguish them; and the two conditions may have similar treatments.  Ocassionally it is necessary to be prescribed antidepressants. 

Anxiety and Depression Diagnosis and Treatments

So what is the difference between anxiety and depression? What are the symptoms for anxiety vs. depression symptoms? A person who is suffering from depression can seem to be overwhelmed by life in general, and seem to have a lack of energy. Sometimes their depression can get to the point where they seem to withdraw from the world around them. Here are some of the classic symptoms associated with depression?

This maybe why the two conditions have been mixed up with each other and some doctors have difficulty diagnosing one over the other. The two conditions also have similar treatments to help those suffering from them, such being prescribed antidepressants.  

When following a course of treatment with medication it is also important to seek out behavioral therapy, sometimes referred to as psychiatric help.

So is it really all that important to understand the similarities and differences between  anxiety and depression.  Basically you need the same professionals' assistance to deal with either of them.  

If you suspect that you have either anxiety or depression don’t be ashamed to get help, some of us seem to think that admitting we have serious depression or have an anxiety disorder takes away our dignity.  But basically the best way to maintain that dignity and move forward is to get the answers to your questions and the treatment that you need.

Depression and anxiety are very real conditions and those of us who are suffering from them have nothing to be ashamed of.

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Peggy Francoeur

Peggy Francoeur

My name is Peggy and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  I am the seventh of eight children.  Up till about five years ago I was my mother's Care Attendant till the time of her death.  I have two young daughters, and am a single parent.  I have had an interest in writing since a young age.  I found it to be a way of expressing my feelings in written word. I am also a pretty opinonated person, something I inherited from my father, who could be very opinionated. I have worked as writer for an online newsource, and have done other types of writing work along the way.