Because the two disorders of anxiety and depression have many similar features, it’s often hard for a clinician to distinguish between them. And because the two disorders can coexist, arriving at a correct diagnosis and treatment plan is even more complicated. It’s important to identify the dominant problem first, but it’s a big challenge to make sure a client is being treated for the most life-altering concern they are struggling with. One noted difference is that while anxiety involves a negative thought pattern, the negativity is more fleeting. With depression, negative thinking doesn’t seem to subside. The overlap of the two disorders begs for further research and attention.
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