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in nature and does not replace
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I am wondering about the differences between anxiety and depression. I do believe I have had depression
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Anxiety and depression do
have similarities, par ticularly in
r elation to thought processes.
It is common to have wor rying
thoughts with both anxiety and
depression but the ways in
which these wor rying thoughts express
themselves may differ.
If you relate to one or both sets of
symptoms below, consider seeking
additional suppor t so you can identify
strategies to suit your needs and goals.
Suppor t is available through counselling,
from your GP and a multitude of online
Signs of depression include :
• A persistent low mood: sadness, feeling
flat, being over whelmed, and for some
people, ir ritable and aggressive.
• Reduced or no interest in previously
• Inability to concentrate, which may
include forgetfulness and difficulty
• Withdr awing from family, friends and
• Negative change in sleep patter ns
• Physical exhaustion
• Lack of motivation for many activities
(housework, self-care, attending events,
• Change in appetite
• Thoughts relating to wor thlessness,
helplessness, failure, excessive guilt,
burden on other s, questioning the value
Signs of anxiety include :
• Tightness in the chest, with or without
• Difficulty breathing at times
• Feeling like there is a lump in your
throat or difficulty swallowing
• Hot or cold flushes; sweating in the
absence of physical exer tion
• Nausea or repeated trips to the toilet
• Headaches or muscle aches and pains
• Increased illness (eg colds and other
• Difficulty thinking clearly during times of
high anxiety or stress
• Feelings of fear in gener al or in specific
• Avoidance of feared situations or
inter actions with people
• Inability to relax
• Ruminating thoughts or obsessive
• Difficulty in falling/staying asleep due to
As you can see, ther e are similarities
between anxiety and depression. You
will also notice that the symptoms of
anxiety appear to be more 'physical'
than those of depression. However, the
above lists are guides only and for mal
diagnosis requires more exploration.
There is effective tr eatment for anxiety
and depression; the treatment centres
around what is impor tant to you.
Often, depression and anxiety go hand
in hand, with up to 50 per cent of people
with depression also experiencing
anxiety. This is under standable as it
can be so over whelming dealing with
depression. We know that approximately
3 million Australians are living with
depr ession and anxiety; lear ning more
about their symptoms and about your self
is a proactive step to discovering new
ways of living well and moving towards a
healthier state of mind and body.
For more support visit the following
websites and please contact us at
CatholicCare if you have questions
regarding making a counselling
appointment. P 4979 1172.
If you or someone you know is in
crisis, P Lifeline 13 11 14.
For a life at risk, P 000.
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