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Anxiety And Depression


What is anxiety?  What is depression?  This article will describe the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.  Continue reading this article to find out what they are.

What Is Anxiety?

According to health.com, the following can be noted about anxiety:

Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives.

According to healthline.com , the following represent the symptoms associated with anxiety:

  • nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
  • feelings of danger, panic, or dread
  • rapid heart rate
  • rapid breathing, or hyperventilation
  • increased or heavy sweating
  • trembling or muscle twitching
  • weakness and lethargy
  • difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • insomnia
  • digestive or gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, constipation, or diarrhea
  • a strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety
  • obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • performing certain behaviors over and over again
  • anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, especially indicative of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What Is Depression?

According to health.facty.com, the following can be mentioned about depression:

Depression is a mood disorder which, according to the World Health Organization, is affecting over 350 million people across the globe. It is a complex psychological state which has physiological effects and interferes with an individual’s routine functioning.

According to health.facty.com, the following represent the symptoms associated with depression:

enduring sadness

self-loathing attitude

loss of interest in all activities

irritability and isolation


loss of energy

disturbed sleep patterns

change in appetite and body weight

reckless behavior

suicidal tendencies


To end this specific article, this article has mentioned two specific topics, anxiety and depression.  According to www.psychiatry.org, “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.”  In addition, according to www.psychiatry.org, “Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention.” In short, both depressive disorders and anxiety disorders can both be treated with the use of medication and various types of therapy.  To be specific, a popular type of therapy that is used to treat depressive and anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Anxiety And Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). Anxiety And Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/04/anxiety-and-depression/


Last updated: 2 May 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 May 2017
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