It’s an unfortunate reality, but anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues affecting the world today.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders like these affect over 40 million adults in the United States alone.

While anxiety and depression are not exactly the same, they are typically grouped together due to their similarities. It’s also common for people to experience both at the same time. Additionally, many of the treatment options for both conditions are similar.

That’s the most important thing to keep in mind as you learn about these conditions – there are absolutely viable treatment options. You don’t have to feel alone, struggling, or helpless if you’ve been diagnosed with depression or anxiety. Because they are such common issues, advancements in treatment have made them easier to manage than ever.

However, it’s important to know the basics when it comes to these mental health conditions. The more you recognize possible symptoms and signs, the sooner you can seek out help.

What is Depression?

Depression is typically characterized by having low energy, and an even ‘lower’ mood. You might find things that once interested you no longer do, along with a lack of motivation, and low self-esteem. People experience depression differently, and some people are able to function with it better than others. However, many of the underlying symptoms are the same, no matter what.

Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Weight gain/weight loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Physical pain, including headache or stomach issues

What is Anxiety?

It’s not uncommon to experience a little bit of anxiety with stressful situations. But dealing with it all the time is a completely different story. Anxiety is best described by feelings of worry or uneasiness. These feelings can go so far as to manifest into physical problems, like fatigue, sweating, headaches, and even trembling.

It can also affect people emotionally, causing fear and irrational thoughts. The most common form of anxiety is a generalized anxiety disorder. However, many people also experience anxiety through phobias, OCD, or PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).

How Can I Find Help?

One of the best things to do to take control of your depression or anxiety is to figure out your ‘triggers.’

These are different for everyone, but some of the most common triggers are:

  • Nutritional issues
  • Social concerns
  • Spiritual struggles
  • Physical and emotional problems
  • Genetic predispositions

If you’re unaware of any of these triggers when it comes to your own struggles, we can absolutely help. Once you have a better understanding of what may be causing your depression or anxiety, it can become easier to treat.

Again, the important thing to keep in mind is that you’re not alone in dealing with either of these conditions. Millions of people across the country (and across the world) are going through similar struggles. It’s easy to feel lost and lonely when going through anxiety or depression, but there is a way out. It’s a path we are happy to help you discover, and walk with you through every step of that individual journey.