Depression and anxiety are separate mental health disorders, but they commonly co-occur. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 60% of those with anxiety also have depression, and that number is similar for those experiencing depression. Depression and anxiety both also have a high co-occurrence with addiction.
Anxiety and depression may have similar mechanisms in the brain, and both may be exacerbated by stressful situations in a person’s life. In addition, one may influence the other. For instance, anxiety may present as a symptom of depression, and a person may experience depression due to an anxiety disorder that greatly impacts their day-to-day functioning.
While the two disorders share some symptoms, such as sleep problems, they are separate conditions. Depression is marked by constant sadness or lack of interest in activities a person once enjoyed. Someone with an anxiety disorder experiences intense, excessive, and persistent worry or fear.
Like with other mental health disorders, the treatment for each is typically therapy, medication, or a combination of both. It’s important to treat co-occurring disorders together, as each condition impacts the others. If a person has depression, anxiety, and addiction, it’s recommended that they get sober in order to treat their mental health.
If you are struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder, there is help and hope. TruHealing Centers offers high-quality treatment for mental health disorders and addiction in facilities across the country. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will help you build a great life in recovery. To learn more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.