Last updated on October 1, 2019by
Is there a link between Anxiety and Depression? There sure is!
The link between anxiety and depression consists of a very fine line with both disorders often appearing simultaneously. You could have anxiety, you could be depressed, you could develop depression due to anxiety, the combinations are endless …
There are treatments that have shown to be effective for both disorders, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but sometimes one has to be effectively dealt with first before the other will dissipate.
Having severe depression, for example, may interfere with certain anxiety treatments such as Exposure Therapy. This type of therapy requires a lot of effort on the patients’ part and when you are depressed you often do not have that drive available to you. In such cases, it would be more beneficial to start treating the depression first.
Anxiety and Depression – What causes it?
Both conditions are most commonly brought on by chemical changes in the brain, specifically related to neurotransmission functions, but it can also have other underlying causes such as genetics and stress.
Symptoms may vary based on the type of anxiety or depression you are experiencing.
Anxiety vs Depression – How are they Different?
Although both anxiety and depression are seen as independent disorders, it is often difficult to distinguish the difference between the two due to a few similar elements. Both involve negative thinking, both sometimes bring the onset of headaches, nausea or bowel issues. Treatments are often also similar in most cases.
However there are other symptoms that are often different enough that psychologists are able to distinguish whether a patient is suffering from anxiety or if they are suffering from depression.
It is possible to experience symptoms from both disorders( referred to as comorbidity), and studies have shown that the appearance of both may intensify the symptoms for both and could be really dangerous if left untreated.
Anxiety sufferers are often worried about things that may manifest in the future.
They have a fear that things will work out badly for them, that something bad will happen to counter any good that may come their way.
Depression sufferers, on the contrary, don’t really worry about what might happen to them in the future as they have very little hope for anything and already believe that they know what will happen and that it will be bad.
Physically, anxiety sufferers experience physical discomforts such as sweating, a shaking heart rate, bowel issues or hyperventilation, where those suffering from depression often experience severe appetite changes, headaches and sleep problems.
Anxiety vs Depression – Treatment
With anxiety and depression being two of the most common mental health disorders in the world, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that these disorders are very easily treatable if you approach it with the correct mindset.
There is no overnight cure, unfortunately, and you will really have to apply your mind and commit to the treatment of your choice.
If you recognize any symptoms of anxiety or depression setting in, it is best to take immediate action to combat the condition before it causes more severe problems.
Treatment can be approached in many ways and if you suffer from both conditions simultaneously, it is best that they are treated together.
You can do it yourself at home (less severe cases), or work together with a professional (more severe cases).
Should you choose to work with someone, the Web-Based Depression and Anxiety Test is a clinically acceptedseries of questions designed to help screen for depression and anxiety disorders and may further assist your doctor with a diagnosis. Take the test and then make a printout to take with to your doctor.
Effective treatments may include :
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, by figuring out what the causes are and taking control of your emotions.
Medications, which may be prescribed by a psychiatrist to treat both conditions
Self-help, by reading books, doing research online and practicing good upkeep of your overall general health.
Exercise, which can tie in with the above and releases feel-good chemicals in the body and help you to relax.
Support groups, it really helps a lot to know that you are not alone.
Both Depression and Anxiety can cause immense discomfort in your day-to-day life.
AnxietyPanda knows that quite often one downplays the symptoms, thinking that you may be over-reacting or playing it down to normal daily stress, but please remember that any small sign must be addressed sooner, rather than later because if left untreated for too long, it may cause further more serious problems and it will take much longer to treat and heal.
There is definitely a link between anxiety and depression, and although they are not always experienced at the same time, anxiety may cause depression in the long run and vice versa.
If you are unsure of your symptoms, your best bet is to consult with a professional on the matter and always remember: You are not alone.
There are institutions, organizations, and people out there who can help you to become the best possible version of yourself and to achieve a life where anxiety and depression have a minimum impact on your wellbeing.
Feel free to share your experiences or leave any questions in the comment section.