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What are some similarities between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression?

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Depression and PTSD share some symptoms. With either one, you might have trouble sleeping, get angry over little things, or lose interest in people or things. Sometimes, you can have both conditions.

Depression isn’t something you can just snap out of. It’s an illness that can be treated with medication or therapy. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can happen to you after you see or experience a disturbing event, like war or accidents. Treatment can help with PTSD, too.

From: Is It PTSD, Depression, or Both? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Depression,” “Post-traumatic stress disorder.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Depression, Trauma, and PTSD.”

National Health Service Choices (UK): “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- What Happens in the Brain?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Symptoms of PTSD.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Depression,” “Post-traumatic stress disorder.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Depression, Trauma, and PTSD.”

National Health Service Choices (UK): “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- What Happens in the Brain?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Symptoms of PTSD.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

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