All over the world there are people suffering from anxiety. This discomfort is a global problem. It is a feeling that causes tension and can be triggered by various causes. The anticipation of some risky work, public speaking, fear of not being able to perform an important job, among other fears. It is similar to depression, but the symptomatology of both differs.
Anxiety does not choose by sex or age, anyone can suffer from it
Many times anxiety leads to imagine scenarios that are not and will not be real. And this generates health manifestations such as diffuse discomfort. Worldwide, anxiety is the leading cause of absenteeism at work.
More than 30% of the world’s population suffers or suffered from anxiety at some point in their lives, regardless of gender or age. It is a problem that also affects children and adolescents. A survey elaborated by the Ipsos Institute, says that the pandemic increased the mental health problem in at least 30 countries.
The problem can be more serious when these fears and worries become a “second” anxiety. And it is here that the individual must be treated as the most dangerous manifestations begin. He may have:
- lack of appetite
- stomach discomfort
- breathing difficulties
These are just some of the possible symptoms. Also, many suffer from fear of leaving home, which causes absenteeism from work. One of the most common problems is that anxiety is often misdiagnosed. For this reason, more than half of the people who suffer from it do not receive the correct treatment.
Experts say that professional help should be sought when the individual finds it difficult to face day-to-day life. When even the smallest trifles cause discomfort and this lasts for many days. These discomforts cause moodiness, sweating, dizziness and total lack of concentration.
Anxiety and depression have similar points but different symptoms
The similarities of anxiety and depression is that both paralyze the individual. Both disorders lead to poor quality of life and lack of pleasure in performing activities of all kinds. So far, both disorders go hand in hand.
But they differ in symptomatology, and most importantly, in their treatment. According to psychiatrists, anxiety is characterized by fear and distress. Depression manifests as a lack of interest and motivation to perform previously rewarding tasks.
According to experts at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, a bridge exists between the two disorders. They have common and overlapping symptoms between the two, such as pain. Although there are also several differences between the two disorders.
One such difference is that anxiety causes the individual to fear the imminent future. While depression causes that for the patient the future does not exist, since for that person the future is indifferent. However, the WHO includes the mixed disorder, which is anxious-depressive. In this case, the same symptoms that are characteristic of the two disorders are present.