It's natural to wonder if the anxious thoughts and feelings that you're experiencing could possibly be signs of depression.

On the one hand, depression and anxiety disorders are two distinctive mental health concerns, and one does not directly cause the other. On the other hand, the symptoms of anxiety and the symptoms of depression can dovetail and overlap. Persistent anxiety and worry can make you feel sad, discouraged, that "you're not normal" or "you are worthless" and things are hopeless - all hallmark symptoms of depression. And, likewise, being depressed could trigger anxious thoughts, along with the physical symptoms of anxiety, like muscle tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, restlessness, and problems sleeping.

Not surprisingly, the two conditions can co-exist in one person - or at least become deeply intertwined and related. The edges of the two conditions can bleed into one another and make it difficult to distinguish or deal with the different layers of emotion that are being experienced. A therapist can help sort out what it is that is most important to take care of right away.

If you think you might have depression or anxiety - or both - do not hesitate to speak to someone about what you're feeling. This could be a close friend or family member, your doctor, or a therapist who specializes in depression and/or anxiety. To learn more about the symptoms of depression and anxiety, explore the articles listed below: