Mixed anxiety-depressive disorder (MADD) is found among those who suffer from depression and anxiety symptoms at the same time. In this way, the unique set of symptoms do not meet the diagnosis requirements of simply an anxiety disorder or a depression disorder.
Common signs of mixed anxiety-depressive disorder include the following:
- Excessive worry
- Feeling hopeless, pessimistic, or worthless
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Frequent crying
- Feelings of loneliness or isolation
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
If these symptoms a) continue for at least 4 weeks, b) are not caused by medications, drugs, or another health condition, and c) are affecting one’s ability to function normally, then mixed anxiety-depressive disorder may be a likely diagnosis.
While this disorder can be crippling, there is hope. The OCD & Anxiety Center in Chicago treats mixed anxiety-depressive disorder through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is considered the most effective treatment approach available. Our specialists combine this approach with medications as needed to help address each person’s unique circumstances. Contact us to learn more about our treatment for mixed anxiety-depressive disorder today.