Anxiety vs. Depression: The Difference
While depression and anxiety are two different medical conditions, their symptoms, causes and treatments can often overlap. Though anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues, few can determine the difference between the two. This is because once someone has one of these, they’re likely to be diagnosed with the other as well. Roughly 50% of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
- Lack of energy
- Depressed mood
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
- Excessive worry
- Trouble concentrating
- Easily fatigued
Though many of these symptoms can go hand-in-hand, there are some distinguishing features. People with depression move slowly, and their reactions can seem flattened or dulled. People with anxiety tend to be more high strung, as they struggle to manage their racing thoughts.
Another distinguishing feature is the presence of fear about the future in people with anxiety. Depressed people who do not have anxiety are less likely to be worried about future events, as they are often resigned to believing that things will continue to be bad. In other words, they may predict the future based on how they feel in the moment.
If you think you may be suffering from one or more of these symptoms, talk to your doctor today, or schedule an appointment here at the ITM Group!