What's the difference between Anxiety and Depression?
It's not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa, and many of the medications out there can be beneficial for both. However, these disorders do have some key differences to keep in mind.
People with anxiety may:
- Worry extensively about the future
- Have uncontrollable, racing thoughts about something going wrong or a perceived danger
- Avoid situations that could cause anxiety or stress
- Think about the fear of death when there is a perceived threat of physical symptoms or anticipated dangerous outcomes
People with depression may:
- Feel hopeless for themselves and/or the world around them
- Believe it is not worth trying to think or feel differently
- Feel worthless and unvaluable to themselves and others
- Think about death due to a persistent belief that life is not worth living or that the individual is a burden on others. In severe cases, thoughts of suicide may be present.