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How to Tell the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

  • 27th Sep'21

Mental health disorder to this day remains one of the neglected areas in society. Blame it on the associated stigma or the people's perception, but mental health disorders affect billions of people globally. Also, the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has further worsened the condition of mental health disorders worldwide. Yes, today, we have numerous organizations and even individuals working to curb the effects of it. However, we are far from any benchmark as still there's so much to do in this area. Furthermore, when it comes to mental health disorders, anxiety and depression lead the way. From children and adults, everyone is prone to suffer from either or both anxiety and depression and ultimately have impostor syndrome.

While anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders, many still fail to identify the two. Also, terms like "anxious" and "depressed" thrown around so casually further make it harder to distinguish. Today, it has become more important to be able to differentiate between anxiety and difference. Since both anxiety and depression have different impacts on a person's mental health and require unique treatment to overcome. Not to mention, people with impostor syndrome are more prone to suffer from anxiety and depression. Here are some notes to help identify the difference between anxiety and depression and possibly, help people around in a much better way.


Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

Following are the mental markers that can essentially help the difference between anxiety and depression:



Anxiety is a common emotion towards the day-to-day stress and problems mainly caused by fear and anticipation of what's to come. The common mental markers of anxiety are:


  • The person may worry a lot about the near or distant future.

  • Uncontrollable thoughts about something may go wrong.

  • Avoid stressful situations that can lead to anxiety.

  • Think about death.



Depression is a serious clinical disorder that leaves a person with persistent sadness, hopelessness, and negative emotions. The common mental markers of depression are:


  • Be hopeless, assuming nothing good and positive is left in the world.

  • Lack of interest in everything mainly because of hopelessness.

  • Lack of self-worth or feeling worthless as they don't find themselves valued.

  • Constant thought about death.


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