Why are Anxiety and Depression Connected? | Kati Morton
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PRE-ORDER MY BOOK NOW! http://bit.ly/2s0mULyBy simply watching my diagnosis videos about depression and anxiety you could easily think that they are very different. A depressed person doesn’t like doing anything they used to, feels hopeless and sad, and has changes in their diet and sleep patterns. A person with anxiety on the other hand can feel like they are living in a state of extreme agitation, being on edge most of the day and worrying about anything and everything happening in their life. These 2 mental illnesses seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, not related to one another at all. However, statistically speaking the most common form of depression is what we call agitated depression. Many people also share how they will be tired all day, feeling low and completely unmotivated, but then at night they can’t sleep because their mind keeps humming with worry about what they did or didn’t do that day. I even had a patient who struggled to stop her mind from running through each and every conversation she had had that day and how she could have been better, more understanding or less awkward.
Now it’s not only the agitated depression that connects anxiety and depression, research shows that this link has more to do with how those with depression and anxiety manage stress. Whenever we are bombarded with stress in our life those with anxiety and depression tend to deal with it through avoidance. Meaning when stress comes our way and we are pushed into our fight-flight-or freeze response, we choose flight.
So you can see that with anxiety your obsessions about failure are fear-laden, whereas with depression your ruminations reflect intense discouragement, to the point of hopelessness or despair. But in both cases you're feeling overwhelmed because of a lack of self-confidence. And that's the real issue behind feeling overwhelmed, which in turn leads us to either anxiety, depression--or a veritable combination of these two painful emotions.
Furthermore, much of the symptoms of depression and anxiety really do overlap. Here are just some of the symptoms you will see in both diagnosis: sleep disturbance, tearfulness, worry, loss of appetite, loss of sex drive, lack of motivation, body aches, and difficulty concentrating just to name a few. So it is easy to see why many of us find ourselves toggling back from forth from depression to anxiety and often experience both at the same time! Or possibly being diagnosed with one when we really only have the other! But like anything I talk about, I always like to end with what we can do to better manage the symptoms! So let’s get into that!
1. Positive self-talk
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