Have you, or someone you know, ever suffered from depression and anxiety? If so, then you should know how difficult it is to function on daily basis while having these psychological disorders. Depression and anxiety often make it difficult for people to perform simple day-to-day tasks such as getting out of bed and going to work in the morning. That could be your usual routine for years, but with these disorders it suddenly becomes anything but easy, and it can take every ounce of energy you have to get through the day.
Having depression and anxiety simultaneously is a very common combination. If you have depression, it's very likely that you suffer from anxiety, too. Both conditions are treatable yet many people don't receive treatment because they think that these disorders carry some kind of stigma. People often feel embarrassed and uncomfortable being open about their anxiety and depression, thinking that other people will judge them or treat them differently because of their psychological problems.
When it comes to depression and anxiety, people often blame themselves for these conditions. Well, it's true that some people are more susceptible to these disorders than others; however, nobody really immune from them completely, and both depression and anxiety can happen to anyone under certain circumstances.
Now what does anxiety has to do with depression? As a matter of fact, in medical circles the conditions are known as something called “The fraternal twins of mood disorders.” It has to do with brain chemistry and how your brain is functioning. Do not confuse occasional anxiety over a job interview with anxiety as a medical condition; that's something completely different.
The huge problem is that depression and anxiety have similar symptoms and usually feed into one another. In fact, it is not always easy even for professional psychiatrists and psychologists to tell them apart – the conditions really go hand in hand.
Often times, one will feel helpless due to a subjective felling as if anything they do just isn’t good enough no matter how hard they try. The most common symptoms of anxiety and depression include:
- Irritability and/or restlessness.
- Extremely low self-esteem.
- Constant fatigue and decreased levels of energy in general.
- Absence of appetite and weight loss or the contrary - overeating and weight gain.
- Insomnia or oversleeping.
- Difficulty concentrating and impairment of all cognitive processes.
- Loss of interest in friends, family, hobbies and any social activities.
If untreated, depression can eventually lead to thoughts of death and suicide attempts. So if you notice two or more symptoms of the above at the same time, you have to consider getting professional help. Being dangerous conditions, under no circumstances should anxiety and depression be made light of.