Despite being two very different issues, the symptoms for depression and anxiety are often similar and can even overlap. Women’s Health Magazine has published an article with 7 questions to ask yourself before you diagnose yourself with depression, anxiety, or both.
In the article, Dr. Alison Ross weighs in:
“It’s very common for people to experience both anxiety and depression, which is why they may confuse them,” says Alison Ross, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in New York City, adjunct associate professor at The Graduate Center at City College of New York, and spokesperson for the American Psychological Association. In fact, the same neurotransmitters (i.e., chemical messengers in the brain)—including serotonin and dopamine—play key roles in both depression and anxiety, and antidepressants are often used to treat both.
But even though anxiety and depression share symptoms, causes, and even treatments, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. Your thoughts, feeling, and behaviors will differ—and knowing which disorder affects you helps you to seek the right type of help.
To take the quiz, and find out more about your symptoms, click here.
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If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, therapy can help you navigate those feelings. To learn more about therapy in Midtown Manhattan, contact Dr. Alison Ross. You can get in touch by phone or through the contact form.