A lot of people do not fully understand the meaning of the terms depression and anxiety. They will often ask what are the differences or is it the same condition. (People can also confuse anxiety with stress).
Depression and anxiety are two completely different conditions, it is not unusual for them to occur at the same time.
More than 50% of those who experience depression also experience symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes, one condition can lead to the onset of the other.
Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety - anxiety that goes beyond the typical tension we experience when we face life's challenges. For those who have an anxiety disorder, the overwhelming worry and fear is constant - with obsessive thoughts, impulsive decisions, reckless behavior, feelings of panic and poor judgment. In many cases there is some normal mood in between the phases.
Often those people suffering with an anxiety disorder will have trouble sleeping, sweaty hands and even heart palpitations.
It is very important that people suffering from any form of mood disorders that seem like depression go to their doctor so they can be referred to the right specialist and get diagnosed officially so that the right treatment plan can be put into place.
impulsive decisions, reckless behavior, and poor judgment. In many cases there is normal mood in between the phases.
Behavioural Treatment And Support For people With Depression and Anxiety Disorders
This is particularly the case for people who have a diagnosis of PTSD, an anxiety disorder. In this case, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is the treatment of choice.
Early intervention for those suffering symptoms is very important in treating this mental health issue most effectively. Engaging with a Clinical Psychologist directly or via a person’s Doctor, under the Better Access Initiative (Using Medicare), are ways to get psychological treatment and support underway.
Other anxiety disorders include:
• Specific phobia (a fear of something specific such as needles)
• Obsessive Compulsive disorder (unwanted and obtrusive thoughts that lead to anxiety
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