When people think of a common mental health problem, anxiety and depression are two disorders that come to mind. However, many people have trouble telling the two disorders apart.
Some of the symptoms of depression include a depressed mood, a decrease or increase in appetite, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, suicidal behavior and thoughts, sleeping too much or too little, lack of interest in activities that once made an individual happy, and feelings of worthlessness. For someone to be diagnosed with depression, a person should have five of the symptoms for at least two weeks. Because certain other conditions may also cause some of the same symptoms of depression, blood tests are done to rule out other medical causes.
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include restlessness, trouble concentrating, irritability, and excessive worrying. These symptoms alone shouldn’t be of too much concern, but if you experience many of the symptoms for many days or weeks at a time, and the symptoms cause distress in your life, then it’s important to get a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder in order to receive help. Some of the symptoms, such as trouble sleeping and concentrating, are part of both depression and anxiety disorders. However, there are some differences between symptoms. Those with depression tend to move more slowly while those with anxiety can be more keyed up, since they are managing some racing thoughts. Another feature to distinguish them is the fear about the future. For those who don’t have anxiety, they are less likely to worry about future events and often just think things are going to be bad.
Even though anxiety and depression are two different conditions, they commonly occur together and have treatments that are similar. About half of the people who are diagnosed with depression can also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Even thought treatment is similar, it’s still necessary to get an accurate diagnosis for both, in order to get proper treatment and know the symptoms of what is being faced. Anxiety can be a symptom of major depression. It can be common to have depression that is triggered by anxiety.
According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, developing a social anxiety disorder at an early age has been linked to developing depression later on in life. Appropriate treatment can reduce the risk of developing depression later. Many people have both a diagnosis of clinical depression and an anxiety disorder. Lifestyle changes can improve symptoms, including stress reduction, regular exercise, and increased social support.
Since it’s possible to have both of these conditions at once, getting treatment can often help both. Both anxiety and depression can be treated with medication that helps fix the chemistry in the brain that causes these symptoms. It may take a few weeks or months to find the medicine that works for you in treating both conditions, and you may have to try a few different medicines in order to find the one that works for you.
A behavioral therapist can also help treat both anxiety and depression with different types of therapy. Cognitive behavior therapy can teach you to adjust actions and thoughts to help with anxiety. Interpersonal therapy can show you to how to communicate better. A therapist can also teach problem solving techniques and give you skills to help manage your symptoms. Lifestyle changes can also help with both conditions. Some of these lifestyle changes include changing your diet and trying different relaxation techniques.
The 2nd Chance Treatment Center is a full-service addiction recovery and behavioral health clinic in Gilbert, Arizona. Doctors at 2nd Chance Treatment Center can help give you a comprehensive psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment plan. We will continue to schedule medication management follow up, in order to find the right combination of medications that help you to feel better. For patients who have complex and severe symptoms, there can be more frequent appointments until they start to feel better.