Anxiety and depression have a complicated relationship. The chances of acquiring depression is much higher when an anxiety disorder already exists. Nearly half of those with major depression also suffer from severe anxiety. A biological vulnerability for both of these conditions is often present. Depression and anxiety are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
Symptoms that might indicate that both anxiety and depression are present:
- Persistent worries or fears that won’t go away.
- Physical symptoms including fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, and muscle aches and pains.
- Difficulty relaxing.
- Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep.
- Intermittent eating habits- might be too much or too little.
- Loss of interest in activities or previous pastimes.
- Feeling overwhelmed or having a sense of losing control over things.
- Trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Feeling irritable and cranky including about seemingly little things.
- Constant feelings of sadness or worthlessness.
Having both anxiety and depression can mean
- Fearing failure, but no motivation to be productive.
- Wanting to be left alone, but not wanting to feel lonely or abandoned.
- Avoiding social situations, but desiring close connections.
- Being afraid and exhausted at the same time.
- Feeling restless, but immobilized.
- Feeling everything acutely, but feeling numb.
See also my post on how to talk to loved ones about depression and anxiety.