Coping with anxiety and depression

Written by: Dr Liz Jackson
Edited by: Kate Forristal

In her latest online article, Dr Liz Jackson gives us her insights into anxiety and depression. In the vast spectrum of human emotions, anxiety and depression stand as two powerful and often intertwined adversaries that affect millions worldwide. They aren't just transient feelings of stress or sadness; they are complex mental health conditions that can significantly impact one's quality of life, behaviours, and overall well-being.


Anxiety: The shadow of uncertainty

Anxiety, in its many forms, is more than just a fleeting worry. It's a relentless companion, casting doubts and fears in the mind, leaving individuals with a feeling of constant unease. Whether it's generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, or specific phobias, anxiety can manifest in various ways, often causing a heightened sense of apprehension and excessive worry. The physical symptoms of anxiety can be overwhelming, from increased heart rate, palpitations, and sweating to muscle tension and stomach discomfort. These manifestations not only affect the body but cause considerable psychological and emotional distress.


Depression: The weight of the world

On the other side of the coin lies depression, a profound sense of inner darkness.  It's more than feeling sad; it's an overwhelming sense of tiredness, hopelessness, emptiness, and a lack of interest in activities once found enjoyable.  Depression can consume you, leading to irritability with those you love and, making every day a daunting journey. The emotional weight of depression often leads to a range of symptoms, including changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and even physical pain. The world loses its colours, and life's vibrancy disappears under the weight of this emotional turmoil.


The interplay between anxiety and depression

What's interesting, is the interplay between anxiety and depression. They often coexist, with anxiety being a very common symptoms of a depressive illness, as well as being a common symptom in its own right, in the absence of depression. . Anxiety, with its constant worry and tension, can lead to emotional exhaustion and sleeplessness, which may make you more susceptible to developing a, depression.  Similarly, depression's pervasive sadness and detachment can provoke anxious thoughts about the future or specific situations. Understanding this dynamic relationship is crucial in addressing these mental health conditions effectively. Their co-occurrence amplifies the complexity of treatment, requiring a tailored approach that acknowledges and tackles both adversaries simultaneously.


The road to recovery:

The path to recovery is not linear, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for those grappling with anxiety and depression. However, there is hope.


Professional help, through therapy, medication, or a combination of both, provides a sturdy foundation for recovery.  Therapy, whether cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, or other modalities, helps individuals navigate their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, equipping them with coping strategies to manage these thoughts.


In addition to professional assistance, self-care practices play an important role. Engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and nurturing social connections are integral parts of the recovery process.


Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and promoting open discussions within communities, families, and workplaces is crucial. It encourages individuals to seek help without fear of judgment and reinforces the understanding that mental health conditions are as valid and treatable as physical illnesses.



Anxiety and depression are formidable adversaries, but they do not define an individual. They are complex conditions that require patience, understanding, and support to overcome. With the right tools, guidance, and a supportive environment, individuals can navigate through the shadows and find the light they deserve. It's time to weave a compassionate and understanding fabric around mental health, acknowledging the challenges while working together to provide solace and support to those fighting this silent battle. Remember, in the midst of anxiety and depression, there is hope, resilience, and the potential for a brighter future.



Dr Liz Jackson is a highly regarded psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience. You can schedule an appointment with Dr Jackson on her Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Liz Jackson


Dr Liz Jackson is an esteemed consultant psychiatrist at The Psychiatric Care Clinic. She specialises in stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and burnout.
She completed her medical training at St Bartholomew’s Medical School in London in 1992 and holds a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in general adult, old age, and rehabilitation psychiatry. As a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Jackson has proven expertise in the field.
Currently, Dr Jackson works as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in the Westminster Crisis and Home Treatment Team, a department she established in 2004. Recognised by the Secretary of State under Section 12 for her specialisation in mental disorder assessment and treatment, Dr Jackson demonstrates a high level of proficiency.
Dr Jackson actively contributes to Imperial College, London, where she serves as an honorary senior lecturer in psychological medicine. Within the college, she works as an undergraduate academic tutor, offering support and guidance to medical students.
Having previously trained as a general practitioner in the north east of England, Dr Jackson has a particular interest in the connection between physical and mental health. Her dedication lies in enhancing the understanding of this interface for the benefit of patients and medical professionals.

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