Reading the Signs of Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety disorder aren't always easy to spot — many people live with them for years without even knowing it. To see why, have a look at some of the symptoms shared by both conditions:
While these symptoms overlap the two, depression and generalized anxiety disorder do have some classic symptoms that differ.
In depression, these include:
In generalized anxiety disorder, these include:
It's important to remember that what makes these symptoms different from ordinary experience is 1) they're lasting; 2) they cause you significant distress; and 3) they're interfering with your life and happiness. If you think you may have depression or generalized anxiety disorder, it's also important to remember that the earlier you share your feelings with your doctor, the closer you get to peace of mind. Reading through the "3 Key Truths about Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder" is a great first step.