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Depression and Anxiety

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

February 28, 2021 (Originally Published)

November 16, 2023 (Last Updated)

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So many people suffer from depression and anxiety that it is a growing concern in America. These mental health disorders have many things in common, yet they are distinctly different. The number of people with depression and anxiety in the United States is well into the millions. Of course, this would represent those cases that are diagnosed. However, many people may not have an official diagnosis. Some people may suspect they have one of these conditions by the way they feel but haven’t sought treatment or diagnosis.

It is likely that you may have depression or anxiety, but you can get successful treatment by seeking mental health treatment at Renaissance Recovery. For more information about your treatment options, contact Renaissance Recovery today.

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Connection Between Depression and Anxiety

As stated above, depression and anxiety do have some things in common. For one thing, people with either of these two conditions often go untreated. This leads to them self-medicating, which often involves the use of drugs or alcohol. Consequently, people with depression or anxiety may also have a dual diagnosis.

dual diagnosis disorder involves two simultaneous conditions. For example, you may have depression and substance or alcohol use disorder. Or you could have anxiety and substance or alcohol use disorder. It’s critical to treat these conditions together so that the therapist can help you get to the root of the problem. Often times, people treat the symptoms and not the problem, which leads them back to the problem later in life. The goal of a good mental health treatment program is to avoid relapse.

What Is Depression?

You may wonder what depression is and whether you have it. People may feel like they have depression because their emotions are “down” or they’re in the dumps. However, clinical depression is more intense than a “bad day.” It interferes with your ability to function because it’s so extreme. This causes of depression can range, but oftentimes there is other mental health problems, past trauma, or addiction involved.

Also, it causes physical and other symptoms besides feeling down. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Excessive loneliness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of enjoyment in things you used to like
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Low self-esteem
  • Unexplained aches and pains

What Is Anxiety?

We all face worries in life, especially nowadays, with all that’s going on. It’s easy to feel anxious about the uncertainty of life. An anxiety disorder can arise when irrational fears consume our thinking. This leads to unhealthy negative thoughts, and like depression, unexplained physical problems.

An anxiety disorder leads to worries that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. For example, you may have excessive worry about how you are performing on the job or how your child is doing in school. In fact, you may obsessively worry about your performance as a parent and become anxious, as you make decisions relating to your child.

Some symptoms of generalized anxiety are:

  • Often feeling like something terrible is going to happen
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Avoiding situations because of anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Find Peace of Mind at Renaissance Recovery

At Renaissance Recovery, you can find hope of overcoming your depression or anxiety. We will help you start life anew and strive for a brighter future. Compassionate therapists are waiting to guide you through the healing journey of recovery.

Take the first step to reach out for help and discover the future you always dreamed about before addiction. Our broad range of treatment programs is here to assist you on your journey in the healing process. Some of these include:

Don’t let mental health disorders steal your peace of mind. Now that you know more about depression and anxiety, you can find hope by contacting Renaissance Recovery. Contact Renaissance Recovery today, and we’ll get you on the right pathway today!

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