One of the most common issues that people have is trying to tell the difference between anxiety and depression.
While the two share a lot in common, they are separate conditions. When you look at a list of symptoms for each, there are indeed a great deal of similarities. It is also true that anxiety and depression often co-exist, in fact persons with actual anxiety disorders almost always have a degree of depression, along with it and persons with clinical depression also commonly have co-existing anxiety. People who suffer from an anxiety disorder may experience stress, panic attacks, or irrational fears. People who are depressed feel sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in life. Both conditions affect sufferers on a neurological and emotional level and those who suffer from these conditions may even report experiencing similar symptoms.
“The difference between anxiety and depression, is the degree of his or her psychological vulnerability, the severity of the current stressor, and the availability of coping mechanisms.”( Lauren B. Alloy of Temple University)
In addition, the causes are similar, but genetics plays a role in the chance of getting one or the other. Depression can cause anxiety, while having anxiety can bring on depression.It may be hard to accept that you need help. But it's important to get it.
Social anxiety and depression
"Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve a concern about being judged or evaluated by others. It is typically characterized by an intense fear of what others are thinking about them (specifically fear of embarrassment, criticism, or rejection), which results in the individual feeling insecure, and that they are not good enough for other people. The results of this are fear and anxiety within social situations, and the assumption that peers will automatically reject them in the social situations. Developmental social anxiety occurs early in childhood as a normal part of the development of social functioning, and is a stage that most children grow out of, but it may persist or resurface and grow into chronic social anxiety.People vary in how often they experience social anxiety and in which kinds of situations.Untreated mental health problems can reduce your quality of life. The damage can be both emotional and physical."