I often receive calls from people seeking therapy who are unsure if they have anxiety or depression. What many of my clients find is they are experiencing both at the same time. In some ways, this combination can elicit the proverbial question: which comes first the chicken or the egg? Those who experience untreated anxiety may find over time they begin to experience depression due to the limitations their anxiety is imposing on their lives. Those who experience depression may find the inability to participate in life in the way that would like to be an anxiety-provoking situation.
There have been several studies that document the co-occurrence of anxiety and depression. While it is clear that these two diagnoses can occur together, the rate at which they do so can vary slightly depending on the study one reviews. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about ½ of those experiencing depression are also experiencing anxiety. Another resource from Psychiatric Times reports anxiety and depression occur together up to 60% of the time. Clearly, there is a connection between anxiety and depression; but the reason why is yet unclear.
Some Signs You May Be Experiencing Anxiety and Depression:
The good news is the research shows both anxiety and depression are treatable with therapy. If you are questioning if you have anxiety or depression, please contact me and we can arrange a therapy session.
Jessica is a mental health therapist who specializes in helping women free themselves from anxiety, depression, and other stress-related conditions. She is honored to witness the experiences of her clients and work with them toward meaningful lives.