A constant feeling of uneasiness along with intrusive and undesirable thoughts that cause sweaty palms and a hazy sense of an impending catastrophe are some of the many ways in which anxiety disorders manifest themselves. Surprisingly, such symptoms are also present in individuals struggling with depressive disorders. According to a study by Nicholas Jacobson and Michelle Newman, professors of psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, both anxiety and depression are often highly entwined with each other. In fact, earlier findings even suggested that around 16-50 percent of people with depression also have an anxiety disorder.
Both the conditions share some common symptoms, such as stress, feelings of helplessness and inability to concentrate. However, anxiety usually manifests in outbursts of energy, whereas depression is characterized as lethargy. “Both anxiety and depression are flip sides of the same coin. Effectively we are all pre-programmed to fall back on these two conditions (as well as anger) from way back in our caveman days. They helped keep our ancestors safe,” says Geraldine Joaquim, a therapist at Quest Hypnotherapy, a U.K.-based center that prescribes a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis to help patients cope with their condition.
Studies show that anxiety and depression tend to assume many forms, making it tough to find a single method to collectively treat them. Many people face concerns over the manifesting symptoms of these two correlated, yet distinct conditions, but the complicated nature of these maladies prevents people from speaking openly about what they are experiencing due to the fear of being misinterpreted.
Mental health disorders like anxiety and depression are a reality in the United States and more individuals struggle with them than one can even imagine. These problems are characterized by abnormalities in thinking patterns, feelings or behaviors. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), research on mental health epidemiology shows that psychiatric conditions are common throughout the U.S., affecting tens of millions of people each year. However, only about half of those affected receive treatment.
Why is it so difficult to stop feeling anxious or depressed?
Constantly indulging in anxious thoughts can make anybody feel debilitated and stressed. Relentless doubts and never ending fears can be paralyzing, sapping away one’s emotional energy. Such a situation could even bring one’s life to a standstill, if it persists for a long period of time. If the consequences of worrying are so negative, then, in first place, why do people worry at all? The answers are in both the positive and negative beliefs that surround anxiety. On the negative side, individuals generally tend to believe that their prolonged anxiety is bound to escalate, take a toll on their health and unleash a series of misfortunes. On the other hand, there is a positive side too. Many believe that being anxious is actually a mechanism to avoid unpleasant outcomes, get geared for the bad that is yet to arrive or possibly an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to ease several problems in life.
Besides, anxious thoughts are often considered as a sign of being a concerned and conscience-driven person. On the contrary, considering worrying as a positive action could be even more harmful. Anxiety can be reduced only by abandoning the belief that worrying can protect someone from harm. Also, continued physical discomfort may take a toll on one’s well-being, creating additional stress that could lead to depression.
Once people are in the grip of depression, hope seems to fade away gradually, rendering them incapable of managing their condition. Both chronic anxiety and full-blown depression feed on each other and might aggravate the symptoms. In such cases, it is important to seek professional treatment to manage both the underlying conditions.
Undoubtedly, any kind of worry or anxiety can make life hell. But there is hope, provided the symptoms are not ignored and acted upon at the right time. Medication and support can go a long way in changing negative thought patterns that develop as a result of suffering from any sort of mental health problem. But when it comes to patients with a prolonged stressful condition, recovery may take a little longer time than usual.
Mental health ailments are treatable
Anxiety, depression and other mental health problems are a major public health concern in the U.S. An early mental health diagnosis is the key to prevent numerous other maladies or else they can assume devastating proportions. Unknowingly, many individuals allow it to grow to an extent where there is no scope for recovery.
Sovereign Health of San Clemente, California, offers a variety of customized mental health services to identify the underlying causes of the ailments and prescribe tailor-made individual as well as group psychotherapy based on the patient’s requirements. Additionally, patients can also opt for alternative therapeutic activities to embark on the journey to wellness. Our state-of-the-art residential mental health treatment centers spread across California are known for their effective recovery programs, which have helped many to regain control of their lives. If you or your loved one is battling depression or anxiety, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives for more information about our treatment programs.