Signs and Symptoms of Depressive Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety and depression are both common problems faced by many in the world today. Primary care physicians have found it perplexing to diagnose these conditions properly with certain patients and are finding increasingly that these issues often occur together, making proper diagnosis even more of a challenge. Not all anxiety or depression signs and symptoms seem to fit into just one area. Mixed anxiety depressive disorder is a diagnosis referring to the comorbidity of anxiety and depression together. MADD is a new diagnostic category that describes patients who suffer from both depression and anxiety equally and therefore do not fit into one or the other, but both.
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These patients seem to suffer from symptoms such as:
- Irrational fear and anger
- Loss of interest in life
- Chronic fatigue
- Extreme nervousness
- Ritualistic behavior
- Severe/lasting sadness or hopelessness
There are overwhelming numbers of people dealing with depressive and anxiety disorders worldwide and the diagnosis process for these disorders primarily happens in the general practitioner’s office. It is for this reason that there may be discussion as to the need for this “new” diagnostic category. In most cases, it is generally thought that a specialist should be consulted for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Living with MADD can mean daily mood disturbances and psychosocial fears and limitations. Physically it can cause gastrointestinal problems and insomnia, weight loss or weight gain, loss of sexual interest and libido, and physical pain. It can even cause physical ailments that mimic other medical conditions. Some of these symptoms have caused misdiagnosis and made proper treatment unavailable in the past.
Because of the complication of comorbidity of these two disorders, effective treatment that will counteract both or help with all symptoms, can be hard to find. More research is being conducted to shed more light and validate the truth about mixed anxiety depressive disorder.
Mixed anxiety depressive disorder is often associated with poor mental health, lack of patient well-being, and poor social interaction and is associated with hospitalizations and billions of dollars of healthcare across the globe.
Recognizing how prevalent these disorders are and acknowledging the negative impact psychosocially with regard to mixed anxiety depressive disorder will cause the need for treatment that is more effective to be recognized. Intervention that is effective and approved earlier versus later will hopefully yield long-term relief, but it is agreed within the medical community that more research in this area is needed.
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