Anxiety or depression by MarijanStefanovic

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									Anxiety or depression?

It may sound strange but a lot of people suffering with anxiety actually believe they
have depression, why is this?

One of the side affects of anxiety is to become reclusive and emotional, while some
people may actually suffer with a side affect of depression.

Because people generally have the tendency to shy away from social settings when
they have an anxiety condition friends and family can automatically presume that
depression is the cause. The difference between the two conditions is vast, below is a
detailed outline of each condition.

Anxiety disorder

Anxiety is the feeling of fear and apprehension; this can be caused by a multitude of
different reasons depending on the type of anxiety condition a person has.

A person suffering with anxiety will have physical symptoms like trembling and
excessive sweating on the surface while underneath the blood is flowing to the major
muscles inhibiting the digestive and immune systems and the heart is beating very
fast.

The anxiety can make panic set in, which causes a person to feel the “flight or fight
scenario”.

Anxiety is not hereditary and anyone can suffer with the condition, sometimes for no
apparent reason.

Depression

Depression is the feeling of overwhelming sadness, guilt, worthlessness and isolation;
these emotional feelings cause physical issues like fatigue, problems concentrating
and difficulty sleeping.

It is believed that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the
neurotransmitters found in the brain and central nervous system. These
neurotransmitters (Serotonin and norepinephrine) help manage a persons mood so if
there is an imbalance then a crash in a persons mood can happen.

When a person does have depression they will feel like the world is falling around
them, it is common for thoughts of suicide to cross their mind and feelings of woe are
never far from a sufferers mind.

Depression has been shown to be hereditary, if a family member has suffered with
depression it is likely another family member will be diagnosed in their lifetime.

Summary

As you can see, anxiety and depression are two totally separate conditions. If you
were to have anxiety then yes, you may shy away from the world outside, but this is
not out of sadness or thoughts of suicide it is out of general fear of what is happening
on the other side of your front door.
You may not be aware but about 3.5% of the population suffer with an anxiety
condition in their lifetime with many not even realizing they have one, on top of this
one in sixty people in the western world will have an isolated anxiety attack every
year.

It is true that the medication used in the treatment of anxiety is the same as that used
for cases of depression but this has no bearing on the conditions being close in any
way, shape or form.

The next time you think a person you know has depression but you cannot understand
why, look further in to the symptoms they have and you may be surprised to find that
anxiety is the reason they are unsocial.

								
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