Depression and anxiety are different conditions, but they often come together. The treatments for both are also similar.
Feeling discouraged or sad from time to time is normal. And we all feel anxious from time to time; it is a normal response to stressful situations. However, constant and intense feelings of anxiety and depression can be a sign of an underlying mental health disorder.
Anxiety can present as a symptom of clinical (major) depression. It is also common to have depression that is triggered by an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or separation anxiety disorder. Many people are diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety disorder.
Symptoms for both conditions usually improve with counseling (psychotherapy), medications such as antidepressants, or both. Lifestyle changes, such as improving sleep habits, increasing social support, using stress-reducing techniques, or getting regular physical activity can also help. If you suffer from any of these conditions, avoid using alcohol, recreational drugs, and smoking. They can make these conditions worse and interfere with treatment.