What is the link between depression and anxiety?

“According to one 2017 study, around 71.7% of people who experienced depression also experienced anxiety.

People can experience mental health conditions that include feelings of both depression and anxiety.

Two examples include mixed anxiety and depressive disorder (MADD) and anxious distress (AD).

At the moment, neither of these conditions are diagnosable in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

MADD

This condition causes a person to experience symptoms of both depression and anxiety.

If a person is experiencing stronger symptoms of either depression or anxiety, a doctor may treat that condition first.

AD

According to a small 2018 study, AD has a strong association with depression.

There are five specifications for AD, including:

  • feeling tense
  • feeling restless
  • finding it hard to concentrate due to worry
  • fearing a loss of control
  • fearing that something terrible is going to happen

This anxiety may be difficult for a person to control, and as a result, a person may go on to experience depressive feelings.” (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327386.php#how-do-they-differ?)

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