I'm Alicia. Thanks for your question, I'm happy to help you today.
Anxiety is a psychological state characterized by fear, tension, nervousness, apprehension and excessive, uncontrollable worrying. These psychological symptoms can contribute to physical symptoms, such as sweating
, trembling, racing heartbeat, rapid breathing - or feelings of panic
- in extreme cases, causing panic attacks. Panic attacks are severe manifestations of these symptoms, occuring seemingly "out of the blue" and often appearing to have no apparent cause. There are many types of anxiety disorders - including phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). You might find this link helpful, as it includes several video links that discuss each of these disorders in depth:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/anxiety/
Everyone experiences mild feelings of anxiety from time to time, in response to stress and other factors, but an anxiety disorder can occur when symptoms of anxiety do not go away, even when there's no apparent stimulus.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that causes a host of physical and mental symptoms, usually manifesting in low mood, feelings of sadness or worthlessness, feeling like you want to sleep all the time (or, on the other hand, insomnia
), a loss of appetite, feeling frequently like crying, irritability, frustration, feeling a lack of purpose, unexplainable bodily aches and pains, and in severe cases, thoughts of suicide. Everyone also experiences a low mood from time to time, but depression causes a severe impact in your ability to function and affects your overall well-being. You might find this article helpful, as it discusses the causes and treatments for depression more in depth:http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm
Depression and anxiety frequently co-exist, so it's not unusual for people with depression to also experience feelings of anxiety.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you need additional assistance.