For some reason, people tend to think that anxiety and depression are the same things. While these are both very common mental illnesses that do tend to go hand in hand they are VERY different.

Don’t get me wrong, these conditions can to some seem a bit similar but they are not the same thing by any means. Below I will go over each one so that those who are not familiar can gain a better understanding. These two mental illnesses affect large parts of the global population and should be things we are all aware of.

Depression

Depression is a mental illness that affects about 350 million people worldwide. Depression is a very serious mood disorder that can cause intense and severe symptoms. It affects how a person thinks, feels, and even goes about their daily activities. There are several different types of depression and the symptoms can include things like persistent numbness, feelings of guilt, unexplainable pain, appetite loss, feeling restless, and even talking more slowly.

Depression is something that makes those who suffer from it unable to get out of bed on some days. It takes a person and turns them into a shell of who they once were. Depression is a lot more painful than most people care to realize.

Anxiety

Anxiety, for those who may not know, is something we all experience on some level. Only those who experience uncontrollable or chronic anxiety can truly be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Those with an anxiety disorder of some kind are often plagued with worry and fear. They are restless, irritable, tense, and usually suffer from sleep issues.

There are many different forms of anxiety disorders, some worse than others but all very real. For instance, there is one known as social anxiety disorder, those with this disorder become highly anxious when talking to other people. Could you imagine having anxiety so bad that you struggled to even converse with those around you? This is the reality for a lot of people across the globe.

About 40 million people in the US alone suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. Isn’t that intense? Those with anxiety disorders often experience butterflies in their stomachs and not the good kind. They are unable to control their worry and for some, it rules their lives.

Many of those suffering from depression have an anxiety disorder as well and vice versa. These two peas in a pod go hand in hand like nothing I have ever seen. That being said, it is still possible to have one without the other.

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