Anxiety and depression

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 “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller

When analyzing the different nervous disorders, there is a constant debate between anxiety and depression. Both disorders are among the most consulted and is very high the rate of people who have suffered either one or both at some point in their lives.

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to what is perceived as a threat, it’s associated with distressing feelings. It is not considered a disease, and, sometimes it is actually necessary and important. However, when it interferes with our daily activity is when viewed as a disorder.

Depression, on the other hand, covers a wide range of symptoms and problems, but broadly, is a disorder characterized by profound sadness, low mood and demotivation.

Many times we tend to think that both concepts are synonymous when it comes to diseases of nervous nature, but it is important to note that both are independent disorders. Despite this, are almost never found separately. It is more common to find patients with symptoms of anxiety and depression combined. Actually, a person with generalized anxiety disorder, has a high probability of developing depressive symptoms.

According to some experts, both disorders may share a common root. Which gives much sense of this close relationship, because although their natures are very different, in both anxiety and depression disorders, has been implicated a brain substance called serotonin, known popularly as the “happiness hormone” as it is a neurotransmitter that influences mood, regulates sleep, appetite, blood pressure and is also associated with feelings of euphoria and pleasure.

Obviously, both disorders are much broader, in its development come into play genetic, biological and psychosocial aspects. However,  serotonin deficiency can produce, insomnia, stress, migraine, impulsive behavior and aggression, among other consequences. For that reason, today, in the treatment of both disorders, more attention is paid to restore brain chemical balance.

Living with both disorders at the same time, can be very exhausting. It was observed that when you have both anxiety and depression, the symptoms of both are stronger than when you have to deal with only one of these disorders.  However, are perfectly treatable, even if you have both simultaneously.

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