When you have anxiety AND depression

Sculpture: Warriors’ Circle, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, 2019

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.

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