Feelings of anxiety and depression are not uncommon in our overstimulated, overworked population. Although technically distinct conditions, anxiety, and depression do often trigger similar symptoms. Additionally, struggling to cope with anxiety may in fact lead to developing depression or vice-versa, they can even be two sides of the same coin. Experiencing one or more challenging mental health issues at the same time affects an estimated 45% of the population, and understanding how those issues interrelate can help you take the first vital steps along the road to recovery. Let’s look at some of the ways anxiety and depression differ and overlap.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety has been a part of our biological response to stress for millennia. Because it’s programmed so indelibly, it can show up in our lives at any time, sometimes over things that may seem trivial to one person but carry major weight and consequence with another. Whether you feel nervous ahead of an interview or examination, uncertain about a life change that feels sudden or scared to broach an uncomfortable topic with someone in your life, you may feel anxiety wreaking havoc on your mind and body. Racing thoughts and imagined negative scenarios may lead to fatigue, palpitations, distraction, insomnia, irritability, and muscle tension. When these symptoms begin to disrupt your healthy patterns every day, it’s time to reach out for help from compassionate caregivers who can share the tools and understanding you need to confront and overcome your anxiety.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can take on numerous forms. It may be hard to identify in certain people, especially those who put on a brave or cheerful front to hide their suffering out of shame or fear. Warning signs vary from loss of energy and decreased interest in once cherished pastimes, to uncharacteristic risk-taking or reckless behavior. Any of these marked shifts in your daily habits can lead to unhealthy consequences if left untreated for a prolonged period. The psychological aspects of depression can also manifest physically as weight gain or weight loss and sensations of recurring pain. Risk factors may include chronic illness, substance abuse, grief, trauma, stress, or isolation. Because there are so many types of depression instigated by any number of inciting life events or by neurochemical predispositions (or a combination of both), it’s vital that you find someone qualified to help you navigate your condition and find a way through to the other side of it.
Where Anxiety and Depression Overlap
Anxiety and depression are frequent bedfellows. When you start to feel your life veering off track due to an unexpected bout of depression, you may begin to feel anxious about why you’re not getting better. You may also develop anxiety around any activities or people who induce depressed feelings in you. In the same way, anxiety and its host of physical and mental symptoms may begin to change your daily habits to such a dramatic extent that you don’t feel like yourself anymore. You may miss the way you were without being able to return to it, which can lead to frustration, sadness, and depression.
At True Life Center’s mental health IOP and PHP, we treat all of the above conditions with our unique Neurobiological Integration, an integrated and collaborative approach that aims to identify the root cause of illness and gets results by using the synergistic combination of:
- Individual psychotherapy with DBT, CBT and/or psychodynamic approach
- Specialized psychiatric treatment
- Mindfulness and Self-compassion practices
- Family Therapy
- Co-Occurring substance use treatment
- Anti-Craving medication
Finding Help To Relieve Your Anxiety and Depression
True Life Center prides itself on helping you help yourself. After spending time with you and coming to understand the very real struggle you’re enduring, we will customize a plan using our integrative model that incorporates your dreams and your goals into the path we will build towards wellness and recovery. Give True Life Center a call at 866.420.1792 to start your journey to healing today.