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Anxiety vs. Depression: What’s the Difference?

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Mental and emotional health can be a complicated subject to understand. Because disorders like anxiety and depression often have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two and symptoms are often misdiagnosed. Though they might share much in common, they are separate conditions and should be identified and treated as such.

This article will explore the various difference between anxiety and depression so that you may better understand each disorder and find appropriate, effective treatment.

Symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety affects 40 million Americans and typically includes symptoms like fear or apprehension of the future, excessive worrying and negativity, and avoidance of anything or any situation that could spark your “fight or flight” response.  

Symptoms of depression

Symptoms of this mental disorder include hopeless, dull, and sad feelings in regards to the future, inability to believe in positivity, and overwhelming negative emotions.

How they differ

It’s not uncommon for someone to suffer from both anxiety and depression, nor is it uncommon for depression to occur as a result of anxiety or vice versa. Having this “comorbid” condition means that you suffer from symptoms that are spurred by similar causes and issues. The key to determining which disorder you’re struggling with the most is to understand that feelings of anxiety result in constant worry that something bad will happen, while depression sufferers subconsciously assume bad things will happen in the future and have no expectations for anything positive.

Again, though it’s important to recognize the difference between depression and anxiety, it’s also important to note that the two often go hand-in-hand. Feelings of depression, for example, can develop after anxiety attacks because of the drained energy and hopelessness that follows in the wake of these traumatic experiences. Anxiety, on the other hand, can develop in someone with depression by sparking worry and fear that future emotions and events will be nothing but negative.

Treating anxiety and depression

Despite the differences between anxiety and depression, there are several similar ways to address these disorders in a natural, effective way. As described in The Emotion Code and The Body Code, holistic methods that can easily be performed using muscle testing, from releasing trapped emotional baggage and traumas to chakra balancing, magnetic healing, and muscle testing can all be used to identify and access the trapped emotions that are fueling depression and anxiety. Learn more about The Emotion Code and The Body Code by downloading The Emotion Code Starter Kit for FREE today!

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