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Anxiety and Depression: Which one do I have?

FixMe26

FixMe26

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I have both Anxiety & Depression along with Boderline Personality Disorder (according to my consultant - which I disagree).
 
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Naz1969

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Joanna,first thing towards getting better is to accept you have an Illness .there is no shame in having a mental illness,as long as I tried to hide it It got worse,once I started to accept and started to treat it as another illness,now after suffering with depression ,anxiety,PTSD and panini attack for the last 15 years,I started work 6 years ago,told my boss,my colleagues ,my friends ,literally everyone,now I feel much better as I am not scared to have a panic attack or feel down as everyone in my life know what is happening ,people who have diabetes or heart problems are not ashamed of it,so why should we be ashamed it is just another illness,see your gp urgently and get referred to therapy groups ,you will meet a lot of good people and will understand you are not alone.it will get better trust me ,asking for help is not a weakness but strenth,so take care and good luck.
 
LaborIntensive

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Life gives you lemons you now have lemons

Life has not given me a great deal of hope for a bright future. I was diagnosed incorrectly but asked my doctor for Cymbalta (for prolonged join pains). It helps a bit with my depression which is what I must have. I am apathetic any longer to my life really. I care so much about others and see the "head in the sand" behavior of others that causes me even more to lose hope.

So no panic attacks but I also have no urge to get things done that need to get done. So, I am guessing that is just depression? :(
 
LaborIntensive

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I don't knowingly get anxious but my body does!! I would look forward to something but usually my stomach would erupt before hand. I had tests years ago and it was called "nervous tummy" and now I get treatment for depression/anxiety. I hate how I can't control these things
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Do you have RLS as well? My leg bounces often but I like to think it is more like a dog wagging it's tail. I bounce my leg when I am happy or thinking about something. Others comment about it but to me it is normal as breathing.
 
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yoyogirl

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To me I see it as how I am coping with the problems in daily life and also biological side of depression and anxiety. To me I also see it as something I live with and I am not aiming to clinically recovered just at the level where I can cope a little better with life challenges.
 
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notrealname

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Hmm...is there really a distinction? I mean, you can have depression without anxiety but can you even have anxiety without depression? If you can, I don't think I've ever experienced it! I was diagnosed with anxiety but I would have ticked more boxes on the depression bit of that article than for anxiety. I've always seen my anxiety as an 'anxious escape' from my depression - i.e. I am anxious that I won't be able to escape my depression. If I give up trying to make things better then my anxiety disappears, but I get more depressed.
 
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lpdorch54

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I have just been on a course Understanding Depression and Anxiety and you can definitely have both together. Anxiety is often a reaction to situations you find unpleasant so you get panic attacks, shaking and leg wobbling. Depression is more when you have feelings of not wanting to take part in life so you don't want to get up or go out and in extreme cases have self harm and suicidal thoughts.
 
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Shump

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I would say almost opposite symptoms, so hard to mix... but one has likely both anxiety and depression for what ever reason. I guess that you call manic depression at certain point... In any case diagnoses feel bit moot when root issues aren't helped by some basic label.
 
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maximumeffort

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I have just been on a course Understanding Depression and Anxiety and you can definitely have both together. Anxiety is often a reaction to situations you find unpleasant so you get panic attacks, shaking and leg wobbling. Depression is more when you have feelings of not wanting to take part in life so you don't want to get up or go out and in extreme cases have self harm and suicidal thoughts.
Ipdorch54, you hit the nail on the head there. I definitely feel like i suffer with both anxiety and depression. I generally have no motivation to do anything but sleep but can also have severe panic attacks with situations that are unpleasant.

Oh hello everyone by the way. I am new, probably should of started with that!
 
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Element

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Thanks for this. The depression and anxiety descriptions are pretty much exactly me.
 
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I_don't_know_what_to_do

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Depression and anxiety are different subjective reactions to the same biochemical causes
 
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I_don't_know_what_to_do

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They occur comorbidly more often than not, the line between them is blurry
 
mami5

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I have now been told that I have both chronic depression and chronic anxiety. Isn't life so much fun??
 
BorderlineDownunder

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I have now been told that I have both chronic depression and chronic anxiety. Isn't life so much fun??
its a barrel of monkeys all right :(

This life worked out nothing like I had planned...these days, well they're slipping right through my hands...
 
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