If you ask someone to name two common mental health problems, chances are they will think of anxiety and depression. Despite the fact that they are commonly referenced in conversation, people still struggle sometimes to determine the difference between these two conditions. This is because many people with anxiety also develop depression and vice versa. Roughly 50% of people diagnosed with depression with also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
However, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis in order to treat the correct conditions.
Many people with depression may experience what is known as “anxious distress” in addition to their low mood.
People with anxious distress often feel tense, restless, and have trouble concentrating because they worry so much. They are deeply afraid that something bad is going to happen or that they might lose control of themselves. People who experience anxious distress with depression may be at higher risk for suicide or need more intensive treatment, so it is important to identify these symptoms along with the depression.
This is me. My name is Jeff and it rules my life from day to day. My arsenal is getting bigger and more effective thanks to a loving and compassionate care team; some that haven’t even met each other in person. But they’re still all on the same page. My page. They want to see me progress, I can see it in their eyes with each step forward. They are my safe spaces. Vital artisans in the rebuilding of my crumbled foundations, and I love them for it. I’ve shocked them with ugly secrets. I’ve seen tears in their eyes when discussing my darkest points They celebrate my small victories and bolster and encourage me with the inevitable stumbles. I’m not simple and straight forward. I’m resistant to many medications. I have a long and complicated history of impactful events and traumas that have built walls and mazes in my mind that even I am unaware of. I seek solace in darkness and solitude. I shun the light of day. I have shut down and buried more emotions than most people experience in an average lifetime. I’ve been abandoned, endangered, abused, tortured, violated and defiled. Right now, I’m still treading to keep my head above water… But I know in my heart, because of the love and dedication of my team, I will climb out of this mire somehow and stand in the sun again. I know it because I see it in their eyes and in their faces. I hear it in their voices. My team believes in me. Each one of them see a strength I am blind to. They see a man who is broken but has value, when all I see is a grey image of someone I used to know. Someone, who through life’s abrasive winnowing, has lost life’s glow. Has become hollow and worn. In spite of his continued protests, they believe he has merit. He has value. He has purpose. He doesn’t believe them yet, but they’re tenacious. He will heal and color will begin to return to him. Energy will begin to enliven a body that had all but given up. He’ll even smile, not just with his mouth, but with his eyes too. Then they’ll know. They’ll know that their efforts were worth it. That their compassion and empathy made a difference. They’ll know they touched a life and through that, did the work of God