Can I Have Anxiety and Depression? What is the Difference?

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Yes, anxiety and depression are comorbid conditions. It is not uncommon to feel anxious when depressed and feel depressed when struggling with anxiety. From a symptomology and diagnostic standpoint, anxiety and depression are two distinct conditions, although the most recent version of the DSM cites a version of depression known as Depression with Anxious Distress as its own diagnosis.  The symptoms, causes, and treatments of these disorders often overlap.

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

Anxiety, in general, is a sense of doubt and vulnerability of future events. Anxiety becomes unhealthy when it interferes with daily life, relationships, sleep or your ability to relax and feel well.  Symptoms of anxiety can vary. The three common ones are (1) worry, or guilt that is difficult to let go or control; (2) feeling nervous, restless or tense; and (3) racing thoughts. Click the following link for an extended definition of anxiety.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

As opposed to anxiety, depression is not concerned with what might happen. Rather, it is a challenge with mood and energy. Depression is a mood disorder which causes either persisting sadness, feelings of emptiness, loss of pleasure, loss of interest, or general irritability. Common symptoms include hopelessness and feeling empty or detached. You may have outbursts of crying or lack of motivation for things you normally do. Click the following link for a broader definition of depression.

BOTH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION HAVE SIMILAR TREATMENTS

This is sometimes why the differences between depression and anxiety are confused. A person with anxiety may be treated with Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rogerian Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Existential Therapy or anti-depressant medications, to name just a few treatment options. It does not necessarily mean that a person with an anxiety disorder is experiencing depression, but it is not uncommon to feel depressed as a reaction to anxiety.

HOW A THERAPIST CAN HELP

It is normal to keep these concerns to yourself. It is also normal to feel doubt if you are truly struggling with anxiety or depression. Bring your doubts to a therapist and get help from a trained professional who understands your concerns.

DO I NEED INSURANCE TO SEE A THERAPIST?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing, we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

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