It is very common for individuals diagnosed with depression to also suffer or be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be a symptom of depression and depression may be triggered by an anxiety disorder. It can often be challenging to differentiate between the two, as they both share some common symptoms. An individual who is depressed or anxious may experience nervousness, irritability, have difficulty concentrating, and have disruptions to their normal eating or sleeping patterns.
*An individual with anxiety may experience the following common symptoms:
- Excessive, irrational, or uncontrollable feelings of worry and dread
- Sensations of panic and uneasiness for no apparent reason
- Obsessive thoughts
- Ritualistic behavior
- Trouble sleeping
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle tension
- Inability to remain calm
- Trouble concentrating
- Rapid breathing, or hyperventilation
- Dry mouth
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Trembling or shaking
There are many types of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, as well as any symptoms of depression, please contact and speak to your physician. Getting a proper diagnosis will ensure you receive the appropriate treatment and help. A combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications have been found to be the most effective in relieving symptoms, along with lifestyle changes to help lower stress levels and enhance personal well-being. Eating healthy, getting an adequate amount of sleep, meditating, exercising on a regular basis, and having trusting and supportive relationships all can be beneficial and support your wellness. It is best to avoid alcohol and other drugs as these can worsen a person’s condition. To learn more about management techniques, click here.
www.anxiety.org Informative website offers a full list of anxiety resources including comprehensive information on latest research, treatment methods, community resources, online tools, and direct access to help.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National Institute of Mental Health
*Symptoms listed were obtained from www.anxiety.org.