How to Cope With Anxiety and Depression

Do you sometimes worry so much that it interferes with your everyday activities? Or feel so blue that it completely clouds your outlook? Do you often experience these or similar feelings together? You’re not the only one.

Anxiety disorders — which include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder — are the most common mental health problem among U.S. adults, affecting 19.1 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

And mood disorders — which include major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder — are the leading cause of disability, research shows.

Moreover, the incidence of developing depression in addition to an anxiety disorder or vice versa is high. Many people with major depression also have severe and persistent anxiety, notes Sally R. Connolly, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Louisville, Kentucky. And some experts estimate that 60 percent of people with anxiety will also have symptoms of depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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