Anxiety vs. Depression

Anxiety is feeling everything all at once.
Depression is feeling nothing at all.

Anxiety is constantly worrying about everyone and everything
Depression is when you stop caring all together

Anxiety is the restless fingers picking at clothes, skin, and things
Depression is staring at a wall for three hours, unable to move

Anxiety is biting your nails because you can’t eat anything else
Depression is forgetting to eat because you don’t feel hungry

Anxiety is in the nervous laughter to fill the awkward silence
Depression is the inability to smile, though you thought something was funny

Anxiety is the aches and pains in your back, neck, and shoulders
Depression is the total body numbness and endless fatigue

Anxiety is your heart pounding out of your chest
Depression is your entire spirit disconnected from reality

Anxiety is hearing the Jaws theme in the background all the time
Depression is hearing a sad violin playing a never-ending sonata

Anxiety is the panic attacks that come out of nowhere
Depression is the sudden outpouring of tears

Anxiety is the exhaustion you feel after doing too much
Depression is doing too little because you are always exhausted

Anxiety is trying to get your makeup just right so no one will notice how tired you are
Depression is neglecting to shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair, or take care of yourself

Anxiety is cleaning the house at 2am because you can’t sleep
Depression is sleeping for twelve hours straight and still feeling tired

Anxiety is the seeking for something new to occupy your thoughts
Depression is the lack of motivation to do the things you love

Anxiety is being afraid to leave the house
Depression is not wanting to leave your bed

Anxiety is beaten when you say no
Depression is beaten when you say yes

Anxiety is “I’m fine”
Depression is “I’m okay”

Anxiety is in the perfection
Depression is in the apathy

Anxiety is the analyzing of a cryptic post made by a friend
Depression is in the scrolling for hours without really reading anything

Anxiety is dancing in the kitchen to burn off energy
Depression is cutting your thigh because you need to feel something

Anxiety is the canceled plans
Depression is the unreturned phone calls

Anxiety is the overthinking
Depression is the mindless static

Anxiety is feeling powerless
Depression is feeling hopeless

Anxiety is “What if this happens?”
Depression is “It’s never going to happen.”

Anxiety is the worry that everyone will leave you eventually
Depression is believing that everyone has already left you

Anxiety is the voice in your head that says you’re not doing enough
Depression is the voice saying you can’t do anything right

Anxiety is the “I need to do something.”
Depression is the “Why bother?”

Anxiety is the fear that no one likes you
Depression is believing that no one loves you

Anxiety is feeling you should reach out, but fearing what they may think
Depression is knowing they don’t care about what you have to say

Anxiety is the fear of being alone
Depression is believing you are alone

Anxiety is not stress
Depression is not sadness
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide due to depression or anxiety, reach out. Don’t let it fester.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours everyday

About Sheritta Bitikofer

Sheritta Bitikofer is an author of eclectic tastes. When she's not writing her next historical fiction or urban fantasy novel, she can be found trekking across a battlefield, watching a historical documentary, or having coffee with her husband at their favorite café. A wife and fur-mama to two rescue dogs, she makes time to write engaging and moving stories about the things she loves best; history and the supernatural.
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