People usually can’t differentiate between anxiety and depression, and don’t know which is affecting them. Here’s a clarification of the differences of anxiety and depression, and some advice. If you have any of the symptoms talked about below, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor, these are very serious conditions.
Anxiety Disorders are described by a feeling of uncertainty and doubting everything. People with anxiety always think about what is going to happen and future in general and fear that the worst case scenario is going to happen. Anxiety Disorders symptoms include, but are not limited to feeling uneasy, nausea, increased heart rate, sweating and so on.
People who suffer from depression have different symptoms than when suffering from anxiety. People with depression don’t stress about their future and the possible negative outcomes. They just know that future is going to be bad and there is nothing they can do to change that, main symptoms of depression are:
- Feeling miserable or alone
- Not wanting to do things that you wanted to do before
- Emotional and mental pain
- Inability to decide or focus
- Drastic change in diet
- Suicidal thoughts
Why the two conditions get mixed up
There are a couple of reasons people confuse these two conditions for one another. The main reason being that the medication prescribed to treat anxiety is called antidepressant and people who get treated for anxiety start wondering if they have depression when finding out that they are taking antidepressants. Antidepressants are used to treat both conditions and the name should not be taken literally.