Depression and Anxiety: How to Identify and Treat Coexisting Symptoms

Depression and anxiety can happen at the same period of time. An estimation of about 45percent of Individuals with mental health conditions meet the criteria for either depression or anxiety or both. Another study shows that half of the individuals diagnosed with either depression or anxiety have the other mental condition. Depression and anxiety has their different causes but may share similar symptoms and treatments. Some of these symptoms include difficulty concentrating, irritability and sleeping problems. However, there are major differences that may help identify each condition.

Depression

It is normal to feel sad, upset or disappointed at some point in life. However, when this feeling goes on for a long time and begins to affect your daily lifestyle, then it begins to pose a problem. Physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms and changes caused by depression include:

  • Changes in appetite and weight.
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping.
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies.
  • Feeling hopeless, sad, anxious, empty and pessimistic.
  • Irritability, anger or hopelessness.
  • Thoughts of death or sucide.
  • Sucide attempt.