Depression and Anxiety: Best Friends

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Some people struggle with depression.  Some people struggle with anxiety.  Many people struggle with BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!  I have this discussion with my clients regularly.  I tell my clients that it is an unfortunate fact that depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, or as I like to phrase it, they seem to be “best friends.”   It can be helpful to know that depression and anxiety are not often found in isolation.  For many sufferers, it can feel like a roller coaster, a vicious cycle where anxiety triggers depression and depression then triggers more anxiety.  If you are suffering from a combination of depression and anxiety symptoms, I encourage you to talk about it and seek help!

Common symptoms of depression :

  • Depressed mood, sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, numbness
  • Loss of interest and/or lack of pleasure in once enjoyable activities
  • Appetite change, abnormal weight gain or loss
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Slowing down of thoughts or physicality
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Indecisiveness
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or motivating
  • Feelings of guilt, shame or worthlessness
  • Thoughts about death or suicide

Common symptoms of anxiety:

  • Excessive worry
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Panic attacks
  • Irrational fears
  • Muscle tension
  • Digestive issues
  • Irritability, feeling “jumpy”
  • Self-doubt, extreme self-consciousness
  • Compulsive behaviors (often meant to soothe anxiety symptoms)
  • Social anxiety (difficulty in social situations)
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