Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Sara in Long Beach, California. How do I know when my anxiety is going towards depression?
Well, the first thing to do is to watch yourself in your daily routine. Are you behaving too fidgety in your activities? Do you fumble when you talk to others? Are you constantly nervous? Most importantly, are your spells of anxiety getting longer day-by-day?
First of all, you need to understand the difference between anxiety and depression. Anxiety is a state of being worried to an extreme, usually with the problem being quite minor in contrast. You generally have anxiety for a brief spell and return to your normal self after some time. However, depression is a prolonged state of mind, which will eventually take over your whole life. You are not under depression for brief intervals.
Another important distinction is the expression. If you are experiencing anxiety, you will be more vocal about it and others around you will sense you’re being anxious. Common examples are speaking loudly or hurriedly, stammering, trembling of hands, talking non-focused and the like. On the contrary, when you are under depression, you withdraw into your own world and cut yourself out of your surroundings. You find it increasingly difficult to interact with the people around you and start avoiding going out in public.
To know whether your anxiety is slowly turning into depression, just study your signs. Are you shirking the company of your friends and loved ones? Are you keeping quieter than before in addition to being anxious all the time? If yes, you could be already on the borderline of giving into depression.