GUIDANCE & COUNSELING

Depression Stress Anxiety Counseling

What’s the link?

Depression and anxiety might seem pretty distinct, for the most part. The main symptom of depression is typically a lingering low, sad, or hopeless mood, while anxiety mainly involves overwhelming feelings of worry, nervousness, and fear. But these conditions do actually share several key signs. Anxiety, for example, often involves irritability — and some people with depression may feel more irritable than sad. Since these conditions can show up differently from person to person, you may not always know exactly what your symptoms mean. It’s also possible to have both depression and anxiety at the same time: A worldwide survey from 2015 found that 41.6 percent of people reported having both major depression and an anxiety disorder during the same 12-month period. One important thing depression and anxiety have in common? Both can improve with support from a mental health professional. Below, we’ll break down the main symptoms and signs of each condition, plus offer some strategies for coping with symptoms and tips to find support.

What are the symptoms of condition?

Several key differences can help distinguish between symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Depression

It’s not at all unusual to feel sad, low, or hopeless from time to time, especially during difficult or painful life situations.

But feelings of sadness and emptiness that last for longer than 2 weeks can suggest depression, especially when positive events or changes in your environment don’t seem to have any impact on your mood.

Along with a low, sad, or empty mood, depression can also involve the following symptoms: