While many people still treat them that way, modern research suggests that they’re really the same disorder. Much of what’s been discovered about genetics and the way the brain is functioning shows that both anxiety and depression have similar roots.
A person with anxiety will have nervousness about things that are happening now or in the future. He or she may also have fear and even panic about situations and see danger where others don’t.
People who have depression often have some of the symptoms of anxiety, only depression is coupled with a feeling of hopelessness. It’s as if they feel they won’t be able to handle the things that they fear.
Anxiety and depression are so closely related that more than half of people who have depression also have anxiety. When you have both depression and anxiety, you’re actually at a greater risk of having the disorders affect your work and relationships and even of suicide.
In general, the treatments for anxiety and depression are very similar. Both are often helped by antidepressants as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. However, people who have panic attacks might also benefit from anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax that work quickly to treat those symptoms.
Treating with medications alone is usually not enough. Most people who suffer from depression and anxiety need to have counseling so that they can learn skills to cope with stress, disappointment, and other difficulties.
Often people are helped by going through counseling for three to four months. This is generally enough to make changes in your lifestyle and develop coping skills that help you to deal with your feelings.
If you suffer from both anxiety and depression, you’re not alone. These two mental health problems often go hand in hand. The most important thing you can do is to seek treatment so that you can go back to your normal responsibilities and the things that you enjoy.
While anxiety and depression can be debilitating, there’s also a lot of hope. Progress is being made bringing to light new therapies that involve more environmental and lifestyle changes and less use of anti-depressants. These treatment options are more accessible, affordable and, yes, more effective for many people with depression.
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