Feeling down or anxious from time to time is normal for most people. Clinical depression and anxiety, however, are conditions far more serious and typically last beyond a period of a few weeks. Depression is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness and affects over 19 million Americans over the age of 18. Anxiety involves persistent feelings of intense worry and compulsion and is the most common form of mental illness with over 40 million sufferers in the US. Although they are separate conditions, anxiety and depression are two sides of the same coin. It is not uncommon to suffer from both conditions at the same time. Although dependent on each person and their situation, seeking anxiety treatment and depression treatment at the same time may yield the most successful results. 

Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

How do you know if you suffer from either depression or anxiety? Most symptoms commonly associated with depression or anxiety often overlap. Due to the complementary effects of these disorders, a combination of depression and anxiety can leave someone in a vicious cycle that is difficult to escape. You should always speak with a professional about diagnosing these disorders, however, here are some common warning signs of each:

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Depression

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest in things once enjoyed

Anxiety

  • Constant nervousness
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or lack of emotion altogether
  • Frequent panic attacks
  • Restlessness
  • Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
  • Lack of concentration
  • General irritability

Anxiety and Depression Treatment Options

As previously mentioned, the two disorders are treated similarly due to the common overlap of symptoms. Both depression treatment and anxiety treatment commonly utilize a regimen of psychotherapy (CPT) and medications such as antidepressants. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “More than one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, the number one type of medication used by people ages 18 to 44.”

If you or someone you know are showing signs or symptoms of depression and anxiety, you should speak with a professional as soon as possible. For more information about getting depression or anxiety treatment, see Valley Behavioral’s list of programs and facilities below.

Resource:

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression/treatment

  • More than one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, the number one type of medication used by people ages 18 to 44.