Although depression and anxiety are different conditions, they often occur together in a cycle that deepens them both, creating added difficulty for those who struggle with them. But by understanding this cycle, we can begin to put things in place to make small shifts that may potentially lead to significant changes in your overall wellbeing. You are not alone in this struggle, and there is a way out.

What is the Difference Between Depression and Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety together hand in handThe first step to understanding the link between depression and anxiety is to understand what each condition is in the first place. Depression and anxiety share some overlapping symptoms, but they also have distinct differences.

The Primary Symptoms of Depression:

  • Sadness
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disturbance or increased sleep
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
  • Unexplained physical health problems, particularly headaches, stomach issues, or muscular pain
  • Thoughts of suicide

The Primary Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Nervousness or restlessness
  • Thoughts of impending danger or panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Avoidance of people, situations, or places
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Unexplained physical health problems, particularly digestive issues or headaches
  • Repeatedly performing certain behaviors or obsessions about specific ideas

As you can see, there is some overlap in the symptoms of depression and anxiety relating to energy levels, thought patterns, and difficulty concentrating, but these conditions also have some notable differences. There are also different types of anxiety and depression that can have nuances. It is important to see your doctor for more information and get an accurate diagnosis and guidance.

The Link Between Depression and Anxiety

Stress is often thought of as the main underlying link between depression and anxiety. In fact, anxiety frequently occurs as a symptom along with depression, and it is even possible to have depression become triggered by anxiety.

Additionally, both depression and anxiety are heavily connected with thought patterns and unresolved emotions. When we keep these emotions within us without addressing them or coping with them, they can linger internally and lead to harmful thought patterns or behaviors. This is why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used for both depression and anxiety to help shift these thought patterns and understand the underlying emotions.

If you struggle with anxiety and depression, you may wonder how to address both conditions. The good news is that there has been tremendous growth in the psychological field and these two conditions are often now treated in tandem with great success.

Get Depression and Anxiety Support at Eastside TMS and Wellness Center

It can seem at times like depression and anxiety will never end, but there is a path outward, and with the proper guidance, you can take steps on this journey to improve your overall wellbeing. At Eastside TMS and Wellness Center, we specialize in treating depression and anxiety with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Reach out to us today for a personalized consultation.