Can anxiety cause me to feel depressed?

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Anonymous
September 11th, 2014 12:30pm
YES!!!! The feelings of depression can occur because anxiety has a tendency to crush our spirit and make us feel emotionally spent, also we begin to see no way out from the way we feel and have nothing to look forward to. I also went through depression with my anxiety and got caught in the cycle of being depressed because I was depressed.
martinko
August 13th, 2015 10:36am
No, anxiety can't cause you to feel depressed. Anxiety is a feel of worry, nervousness and it has nothing to do with depression.
ListenLady
August 6th, 2015 12:14pm
Yes, especially if you don't understand what is happening to you. Anxiety can stop you doing things you normally would and it can make you scared to live your life, this can lead you to be depressed and feeling down. It does get better though a and just because you are feeling bad at the moment, it won't always be that way.
GlitteringCloud
November 5th, 2014 10:20pm
I think that it can. If you are emotionally exhausted and feel anxiety building up you are more likely to look at things in a negative way which may contribute to depression. If you feel anxietly building up, please talk to a listener on 7 Cups.
kittykat
August 13th, 2015 4:47pm
Most definitely! Anxiety can cause feelings of perfectionism - and, if perfectionism isn't achieved, feelings of failure or inadequacy. Anxiety can also cause you to be afraid of how you're perceived by people or anxious about your interactions with them, which in turn is an isolating feeling, which can make you feel depressed. Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand for these reasons. If you're depressed you lack the capability to be as productive as you want, which makes you anxious; if you're anxious you lack the capability to enjoy life as much as you want, which makes you depressed.
ESTEF
November 20th, 2014 2:25am
Anxiety and depression are closely related, anxiety is to much future while depression is too much past. Also, whenever you feel you don’t have the needed resources to cope with a situation you can feel anxious, if there is too much information and you don’t know how to react to it or the response you give is not enough to solve it you feel depressed.
Anonymous
November 19th, 2014 10:17pm
Yes, very often, and it's kind of normal, under the circumstances. It's important to deal with anxiety before it grows into depression.
heyitssaf
November 8th, 2014 9:37pm
Yes. Anxiety can cause depression because it can keep you from doing the things you want to do or the thing that could make you happy or complete. It can act as a form of bondage, and feeling trapped can absolutely cause depression.
Dovah
July 1st, 2015 1:12pm
That's certainly a possibility! Depression can have loads of triggers, including anxiety! Anxiety can make us feel pretty low about ourselves in general, and social anxiety can even lead us to not socialise with people, which in turn again can lead to depression, sadly.
AuntieLili
August 16th, 2015 4:28am
Anxiety is a lower vibration. It is caused by not living in the present moment. Choosing to stay in this lower vibratory state will attract other lower vibratory states, depression being one of them. It comes from a sense of powerlessness and fear. I find it helpful to sit with the feeling and to inquire what triggered it. When I don't do this, it makes it difficult to increase to a more positive state. The choice to change begins in the mind.
Anonymous
September 11th, 2014 2:54pm
I started having anxiety in the third grade, I started overthinking everything and that made me isolate myself at some point. Soon after, because of the isolation, I became depressed so I do think it's possible that anxiety can cause you to feel depressed.
seaweedprincess
July 15th, 2015 4:37pm
From personal experience I've found anxiety has been a major trigger for my depression, especially panic attacks since they cause such an emotional breakdown I find often after a bad one I feel very depressed and negative about myself. I think a large part of this was due to how isolated I felt through my anxiety, it made me feel incapable of having relationships with people because I was just a burden on them and they wouldn't understand why I couldn't do the things they did in life since I was always held back from it. Just finding the right group of supportive people online or irl can really help you through those depressive spikes, it really helped me a lot and I for the first time I felt like I had a voice again.
Anonymous
November 20th, 2014 1:27pm
From personal experience, anxiety came as a symptom of depression. But, from experiences of friends, anxiety caused them to feel isolated and alone, then causing depression.
TheComedyTragedy
July 19th, 2015 7:57am
Anxiety can be really debilitating. People often don't go out of the house a lot, don't see friends etc. with anxiety which can be a large onset to feeling depressed. It's quite normal.
shaylie64
October 8th, 2014 12:22am
Yes. It is not uncommon for people with anxiety to feel depression, and vice versa. It would actually be very unusual to find someone with anxiety that didn't have a little bit of depression.
0LovelyHaven0
August 15th, 2015 11:33am
It has happened to me through personal experience so I would have to say, yes, it can. Anxiety and depression can go hand to hand which is crappy.
neyzx
October 3rd, 2014 5:47pm
Yes! My anxiety feels like it will never end, that all my life I'll be anxious and it's something I can't live with. It's defenitely something that makes me feel depressed.
ItsHannah
August 2nd, 2015 1:06am
Yes, from personal experience, anxiety tends to weigh on a person, causing them to sometimes feel low, or not have much motivation, getting you to feel some depression.
Anonymous
September 11th, 2014 12:04am
Anxiety can definitely make you depressed, in my personal experience having anxiety made me depressed because I was so afraid to go out with friends that I was confined to my room and I got very stir crazy. So yes I do believe anxiety can cause depression.
Asparagus515
November 5th, 2014 2:02am
Yes, definitely! Anxiety and depression often overlap. If your anxiety is preventing you from doing things that can cause you to feel depressed.
thoughtfulSoul78
August 8th, 2015 3:12am
yes! it may cause situational depression, cause by a specific event or in this case the anxiety.
Matcha
August 15th, 2015 12:39am
Yes. This is what happened to me. I've been a very anxious person: cautious and worried about what other people thought of me. When I went to college, I didn't feel like I was succeeding as well as I did in high school. I began to worry that I wasn't able to succeed. I became so anxious every time I had an assignment that sometimes I wasn't able to start doing them at all. Of course I started doing even worse after that, and since up until then I'd been placing my self worth in how many things I could do well, my self-esteem spiraled, and I became severely depressed. I knew I needed help, so I called my campus mental health organization and made an appointment. It took 4 weeks to be seen, and the first appointment didn't help at all. But I kept going, and I worked with my therapist until I felt confident and happy again.
Anonymous
August 16th, 2015 10:38am
Anxiety can lead to depression. It can get you worked up about something minor and just fall into an abyss. The good news is, is that there are many people out there who can help you get through it; your family for starters. You can also refer to the 7cups anxiety help guide and of course an anxiety help line.
LittleRed17
September 25th, 2014 11:27pm
Anxiety and depression are both a result of an imbalance in the hormone serotonin. Too much serotonin can cause symptoms like heart palpitations and a faster heartbeat, which can induce anxiety. Too little serotonin, also known as the 'happy hormone' and you will start to develop the symptoms of depression. However, depression and anxiety often do go hand in hand, and it is incredibly common for people with anxiety to feel depressed and vice versa. Seeing your doctor can make a huge difference, as they may be able to prescribe anti-depressants like Sertraline which regulate your serotonin levels and within a few weeks will hopefully be making your life a little more manageable while you try and resolve the emotional issues that may be making you feel this way.
Anonymous
March 29th, 2015 11:31pm
I think it can. I'm going through that right now, and I don't know if it's because of spring, because I have weather anxiety and when spring comes it spikes up, but I've been more prone to panic attacks and I've started to become pretty depressed. Yeah, I think it can happen.
Zora17
April 10th, 2015 11:15pm
It can because anxiety can interfere a lot in a person's life and for a long time, making them feel hopeless and sad, leading to depression. Depression can also lead to anxiety as well as it can make a person worry how they are going to get everything done and live life when they're depressed. The two go hand in hand.
JenClover
June 24th, 2015 7:54am
Most defiantly , it feels like a heavy weight dragging on your shoulders that you just cant seem to shake off.
joxx
June 25th, 2015 8:10pm
Anxiety can cause depression and depression can cause anxiety, but I think most people have both of it because it can be very similar depending on the type of depression you got and what leaded to it. Feel free to contact me if you wanna to x
DipityEnigma
July 18th, 2015 8:05pm
Yes. Anxiety can cause a lot of life changing problems. If you used to be active outside all the time for example, going out with friends and family etc, then all of a sudden the anxiety kicks in and your friends stop talking to you because they think you dislike them and your family seem to think negatively of you, for example, then all of these things can take its toll especially if loneliness sets in. Anxiety and depression usually go hand in hand with each other eventually. It's not uncommon to have both, caused by one or the other.
SilentLighthouse
September 17th, 2014 4:49pm
Yes it can. Anxiety can cause fear of things in your life, it can also cause negative thoughts. Anxiety and fears caused by it can lead to people feeling withdrawn from what causes the anxiety, leading to isolation which can lead to depression, and more negative feelings.