Many people don’t realize that anxiety and depression can go hand in hand.
You may think that it isn’t possible to feel “anxious” if you are feeling “depressed” or vice versa, but it is entirely possible, and it happens more often than you think. A person may be experiencing prolonged depression that is coupled with feelings of anxiety at certain times or in certain situations. In fact, anxiety can lead to depression, and depression can lead to anxiety.
Would you be surprised to find that 90% of people who suffer from depression also have symptoms of anxiety? Many of these people suffer from General Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. However, you should not assume that you do suffer from GAD if you have symptoms of anxiety and depression at the same time. Only a trained doctor will be able to determine that.
Think about the symptoms of depression, and then note the symptoms of anxiety. Both problems include symptoms of fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, and muscle tension, along with other symptoms. So, how can you determine whether you have depression, anxiety, or both? You must visit your doctor and report all of your symptoms to him or her.
Your doctor will note your symptoms and your overall physical condition. He or she will most likely ask questions concerning your personal life to identify what may be causing depression or anxiety. He or she may refer you to a counselor for further diagnosis, as well.
The good news is that both depression and anxiety can be treated, and treatment is available even if you are suffering from both anxiety and depression. The crucial thing is to get treatment as soon as you realize that a problem exists. The sooner you are treated, the sooner you can get back to living your normal life.