Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders

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Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders

What Are Some Similarities, and Differences?

Here is some brief information for Pastors and Lay-Counselors to help in seeing the differences and similarities in Depression and Anxiety Disorders.  Here are some symptoms that are common to see in both Depression and Anxiety:

  • Sleep Disturbances: often waking up early, normal sleep cycles don’t happen to one rarely wakes up refreshed, rarely deep sleep, often awake for hours.
  • Poor Concentration:  trouble focusing, brain fog, scattered.
  • Increased Fatigue: Cannot “rest” and “relax,” little energy, slowed movements which are often called “psycho-motor retardation.”
  • Psycho-motor Agitation: In both cases the sympathetic nervous system is over-activated and stress hormones are fully released.  This can be the pacing, wringing of the hands, or easily startled responses.


Here are some symptoms associated with Depression:

  • Depressed or Sad Moods
  • Loss of Interest in Things They Used to Like to Do
  • Inability to Feel Pleasure or Joy
  • Feelings of Guilt or Worthlessness
  • Hopelessness or Helplessness
  • Withdrawing from Others, including Loved Ones
  • Appetite Changes, Gaining or Losing Weight
  • Self-Injury, Cutting, Suicidal Thinking, Suicide Attempts


Here are some symptoms associated with Anxiety Disorders:

  • Excessive Worry or Anxiety,
  • Irritability or Anger, Easily Startled Followed by Anger Response
  • Muscle Tension,  Stressed
  • Obsessions or Compulsions
  • Panic Attacks, Fear, Phobic Avoidance of Places or Things


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