Depression and anxiety often occur at the same time. They have overlapping symptoms that make it difficult to distinguish one from the other, as both have characteristics of negative ruminations, sleep difficulties, irritability, poor concentration, fatigue, and psychomotor tension. Some experts opine that anxiety and depression are part of a spectrum of the same disorder. Both anxiety and depression are triggered by chronic stressors that are not adequately addressed. When the chronic stressors overmatches your ability to cope with them, then either anxiety or depression (or both) may result. What determines whether anxiety or depression result from chronic stressors depends on your thoughts and appraisals of the stressor. If you think that your are going to fail and something bad will happen, then anxiety sets in. On the other hand, if you think all is hopeless and you are useless, then depression sets in. For more information on how chronic stressors transforms into anxiety or depression, please click on the following: https://anxietyboss.com/does-chronic-stress-lead-to-anxiety-or-depression/
. In summary, anxiety and depression often occur together, and they have overlapping symptoms. Anxiety and depression may be part of a spectrum of the same disorder. Anxiety and depression result from chronic stressors that are not addressed adequately. How you think and appraise a stressor determines whether anxiety (I'm going to fail, something bad will happen) or depression (all is hopeless, I'm useless) result.