​​ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

   
"When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough of this life
Well, hang on, don't let yourself go
Everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes"
Everybody Hurts by REM
    
Depression and anxiety often come hand in hand and would seem to be totally different, they have a lot in common, in fact when you break it down and look at them individually they are very different things but build up to become one.  You jump from one minute worrying about the past and the next minute you are worrying about the future.  Struggling with depression and anxiety is like a full time job, it drains you of any energy or drive you used to have, both leaving you paralized.
 
People diagnosed with depression usually have experienced symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, for example nervousness, irritability and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioural symptoms.  I will discuss these in the below sections.
 
Having both depression and anxiety is like having a constant battle in your head.  It is a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings.  You cannot move or leave the house for days, and then, when you HAVE to do something the anxiety kicks in and your heart starts racing and you feel like you are going to pass out, you are paralyzed.  This is a cycle that happens daily (well, on the days you have to go out) or with some diagnoses hourly.  It feels like you are having an abusive relationship only with yourself.

   
Nearly half of people diagnosed with clinical depression also suffer from anxiety.  It is not a phase but something people usually have to struggle with all their lives, you just become better at recognising the signs and coping with it.