Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health conditions in the United States. In fact, more than 18% of American adults suffer from anxiety every year. That is well over 40 million people! And over 16 million (or 7%) people in America have some form of depression. So, if you are not depressed, you are likely to have an anxiety disorder sometime in your life. Of course, you could have both anxiety and depression. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you are feeling like this is you talk to a psychiatric counselor, they are trained to help you.


Because anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition, the chances of you being affected are pretty good. Either you or someone you know probably has some form of anxiety disorder. There are several types such as social phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and general anxiety disorder. Some of the symptoms of these include:

  • Gastrointestinal distress (stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea)
  • Rapid heart rate or palpitations
  • Breathing fast or cannot seem to catch your breath
  • Feeling extremely stressed out
  • Obsessing over everything or obsessing over one thing constantly
  • Sweating more than usual
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Fear for no obvious reason
  • Irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Unable to relax
  • Insomnia (cannot fall asleep or stay asleep)
  • Tense muscles or muscle spasms
  • Forgetting things
  • Avoiding certain people and places
  • Lack of concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling like you are going to die


Just like anxiety, there are more than one type of depression. Some of these include seasonal affective disorder, bipolar depression, premenstrual syndrome, persistent depressive disorder, and major depressive disorder. While some of the symptoms can vary, the most common signs of depression are:

  • Lack of interest in activities usually enjoyed
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Lack of daily hygiene such as showering or changing clothes
  • Persistent sadness or feeling down for no reason
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Slow talking or moving
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Negative thoughts
  • Inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Memory loss
  • Vague aches and pains
  • Thoughts of suicide

How to Tell the Difference

Of course, it is difficult to tell the difference between one mental illness from another. Unlike other conditions, mental health is still a mystery of sorts because there is no blood test or x-ray that can diagnose you. In fact, sometimes it takes years for even the experts to diagnose a person from a mental disorder because many have overlapping symptoms. Treating them is therefore, very difficult but starts with talking to someone who is an expert on the subject. If you or someone you know is having symptoms of anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness, you should talk to someone right away. For help in choosing the right mental health professional, visit this useful link:


Marie Miguel Biography


Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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