When Depression And Anxiety Are An Ugly Unwelcome Duo
“For many people, the more depressed they feel, the more anxious they get; the more anxious they get, the more depressed they feel; and it becomes a vicious cycle,” (Calm Clinic, Anxiety vs. Depression).
When anxiety makes up for 19.2 million people suffering in America and depression is 18.8 million(Seltzer, Psychology Today), these numbers tell you how close they are and how relevant both might be in someone’s life.
Let’s start with you don’t need to have one to have the other. But in a lot of cases, people who suffer from anxiety too suffer from depression.
“85% of depressed patients are also afflicted with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD),”(Seltzer, Psychology Today).
But first, before we can understand the link between the two and why it impacts so many people together, we must first understand the differences.
More than being overcome with sadness, depression is a feeling of hopelessness and a loss of purpose in one’s life. It’s a shift in your brain where everything is negative and you fail to see the light. It’s a dark cloud that is in your life and it isn’t just a bad day. It’s s series of bad days that continue to beat you down.