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Differences and Similarities in Anxiety and Depression

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

How does depression feel? What about anxiety? Can you have both?

Depression and anxiety can feel layered, deep and complicated, and they are often difficult to identify by oneself. If not dealt with in time, they can spiral out of control and seriously affect your daily life. It's important to know how to identify their early signs and when to seek help.


In this article, I will list some feelings you may be experiencing when suffering from depression, anxiety or both conditions at the same time. Due to the complexity of depression and anxiety, I will keep this post straightforward and hopefully manageable.


Mental pain... is more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say, 'My tooth is aching' than to say, 'My heart is broken'.

- C.S. Lewis, TheProblem of Pain


If you are unsure and have questions about what you are experiencing, ask for the professional help from a mental health specialist. We can develop a proper treatment plan for you when in need.


You may be suffering from depression if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Worthlessness

  • Excessive sleeping & tiredness

  • Isolation

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Loss of enjoyment in your favourite activities

  • Persistent sadness

  • Self-harm and destructive thoughts

You may be suffering from anxiety if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Sleep trouble

  • Feeling a loss of control

  • Fear

  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Trembling

  • Nervousness

  • Sensing danger & impending doom

  • Increased breath & heart rate

  • Excessive worrying

When suffering from both, you may be experiencing a whole new range of symptoms, including some physical ones:

  • Neck and back pain

  • Stomach pain

  • Physical symptoms

  • Frustration

  • Restlessness

  • Appetite change

  • Avoidance

  • Agitation

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, get in touch today. We can arrange a face-to-face or online assessment to discuss your situation and gain more insight and understanding on how I may help you going forward.

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