Bad moods, good moods, sadness, and cheerfulness are all a part of life, and they are temporary feelings. But if your mood hinders the way of doing daily tasks, or if you seem emotionally stuck, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.
Both PTSD and depression can affect your mood, interests, energy levels, and emotions. Yet, they’re caused by different things.
It is quite possible to have both of these conditions at once. In fact, your risk of having one increases if you have the other.
Continue reading to learn more about PTSD and depression, how they’re alike, and how they’re different.
PTSD with depression
Traumatic incidents can lead to PTSD. The symptoms of this disorder usually surface many weeks after the distressing event. It turns out, depression can follow traumatic events, too.
Research suggests about 50% of those who have or have had PTSD experience depression. Moreover, people who’ve had PTSD at some point in their lives are nearly three to five times more likely to develop depression than those who didn’t have PTSD.
People who have a depressive disorder are also more likely to have symptoms of an anxiety disorder. PTSD can be identified by your primary care provider or mental health professional. Your primary care provider will start with a physical exam to be certain that your symptoms aren’t being caused by a physical illness.
Once a physical issue has been ruled out, they may refer you to a mental health professional for further evaluation. Your provider can diagnose PTSD if you’ve experienced symptoms of the disorder for more than four weeks and have a hard time completing daily tasks because of your emotions and distress.
Some providers will direct individuals with PTSD to a mental health specialist. These trained healthcare providers include psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. They can help you get the right treatment.