Most of us are not spared from experiencing heartache, losing a job, or grieving from the death of a loved one. These life experiences are some of the causes of anxiety and depression. But what is the difference between the two?
Depression vs. Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are two of the most prevalent mental health concerns in the world today. They can happen together, but they are actually not the same. Anxiety disorders may come in the form of panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, and other specific phobias. Depression, on the other hand, is a state of being down, sad, discouraged, and hopeless. People who are anxious are often worried that something bad is about to happen. They try to keep away from things that they think might cause future problems for them. People who suffer from depression are different in that they think things will never go right. They are pessimistic and often have suicidal thoughts.
Anxiety may lead to depression, as someone with a severe anxiety disorder may end up feeling hopeless and unmotivated. Correspondingly, many people who have depression have had a history of anxiety in the past. Statistics have not shown that one disorder can cause the other, but nearly half of those diagnosed with anxiety disorders are also diagnosed with depression. Continue reading “Understanding Anxiety And Depression”