Fun fact: the symptoms of anxiety and depression often overlap. Both disorders have different causes and emotional roots, but it is not uncommon for a person who suffers from one to also experience the other. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, some shared symptoms of both anxiety and depression are:
- sleep disruption
- difficulty concentrating
- irritability (or what I like to call anger-xiety – this is totally a thing)
Depression can cause anxiety and anxiety can lead to depression. Basically, the Depression Cloud is a natural buddy of an Anxiety Blob. It’s the friend who shows up uninvited and stays way too long, eating all your potato chips and sucking up your time and energy. If you are an Anxiety Blob who has depression, there is a clinical basis for your feelings. And you are not alone.
You may be going along, having a perfectly normal day.
Then, the Depression Cloud appears.
It has no respect for anything that is going on in your life. It just wants to hang out.
The Depression Cloud is like a super-obnoxious houseguest.
And now your life is like a terrible buddy cop show where nothing happens except napping, shower-crying, junk food binges, and negative self-talk. It’s hard to know how long the Depression Cloud is going to be in town, but it WILL leave eventually. It always does. In my case, with the help of the right meds, therapy, exercise, and commiseration with friends. If nothing else, it helps to know that 1) it’s a real thing and 2) I’m not the only one. You are not the only one.