In relation to emotional disorders, there is an assimilation of the different terms or even states of mind that makes their identification difficult. Anxiety, stress, anguish, nerves, sadness, depression… It is true that each of these states has several characteristics of the others, but it is convenient to differentiate them in order to combat them more firmly.
It is true that anguish is closely linked to anxiety, but due to its tendency towards sadness and feelings of grief, it is even closer to depression. However, there are still many people who cannot differentiate them. We tell you the difference between anxiety and anguish.
The relationship between distress and anxiety
Anguish is a state of deep grief, of intense desolation that is also accompanied by vague fear. When this situation of anguish persists for a long time, it can become a cause of anxiety, that is, it can generate a serious anxiety disorder. However, anxiety is considered more of a symptom of anxiety.
Both anguish and anxiety present certain common aspects such as fear, panic, palpitations, sweating or indecision. However, there is a big difference between anguish and anxiety and that is that while anguish is totally paralyzing, anxiety is characterized more by agitation and nervousness.
Many times we have commented on the difficulty when it comes to getting the treatment for anxiety right, because of the thousand faces it presents, because of the different ways it manifests itself. Logically, a person whose anxiety disorder is dominated by anguish, fear, and panic to the point of being paralyzed will need different treatment from that person who manifests his anxiety in the form of nervousness, indecision, and hyperactivity.
Anxiety, like anxiety, also presents different aspects, as well as causes and manifestations. Anguish over a specific event, such as the death of a relative or anguish due to fear of the future, such as work problems, is not the same as existential anguish.
But all these types of distress find their best treatment in cognitive therapy. A method that teaches us to overcome the traumatic events of the past, to appreciate and enjoy the present and to face the future with strength and enthusiasm. In short, this type of psychological therapy helps us to be stronger psychologically.
In addition, there are some home remedies, such as Bach flowers or some medications, such as antidepressants, which considerably reduce the degree of anguish, so that by freeing ourselves a bit from grief and desolation, we leave room for optimism.