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Can anxiety cause me to feel depressed?

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November 3rd, 2014 3:44am
I think being overwhelmed by any issue including anxiety can take weight on your mind and can cause depression in some.
November 3rd, 2014 1:41pm
Yes, it can. Because you are anxcious or scared it can bring you down. The depression is a result of the fear. You should try to find the source of your anxciety and if you can make that go away, your depression shuld be gone too.
June 24th, 2015 11:50am
Definitely. It can cause you to feel overwhelmed which can lead to hopelessness, stress, and depression
July 3rd, 2015 1:07pm
As you know anxiety and depression are not the same, but people with anxiety feel symptoms similar to depression like nervousness, irritability, non-concentrating problems and sleeping problems. It is not 100% sure that anxiety leads to depression, it depends on the degree of anxiety but many people suffer from the both disorders.
July 24th, 2015 6:55pm
Anxiety is a feeling of discomfort when facing certain situations in life. Anything that causes you not to feel comfortable can cause you to also feel sad, therefore yes. When people called me fat, I always felt self conscious and anxious when it came to Physical Education and we all had to change together..this led me to feeling very sad whenever I thought to myself I'll never end up like the thin, fit girls. If you need to talk more on this topic - feel free to pop up 💜
August 3rd, 2015 3:31am
Definitely. Anxiety can make you feel like you don't want to go out in public and socialize. After a while, you can start to feel alone and isolated and that's part of what depression is.
August 12th, 2015 5:58pm
Yes, anxiety will make you not do somethings and also lots of people dont understand it, so you may feel alone and rejected
August 14th, 2015 1:21am
Yes! Anxiety can cause alot of emotional symptoms and physical symptoms. It can cause dizziness, make your heart race, also trouble breathing, etc. But that doesn't mean everything you experience is from anxiety. Just listen to your body.
August 14th, 2015 8:13pm
Yes, anxiety and depression are often linked, one will often support the other and if you're feeling anxious it's reasonable that that will cause you to feel depressed.
June 21st, 2016 1:30am
Yes!! Anxiety overrules everything happy in your life. You shut out people. Close yourself in. And beat yourself down. It builds up and you will feel so trapped and alone.
October 29th, 2014 3:50am
Absolutely. Having one of these symptoms can cause you to feel more symptoms from the other. It is a tricky thing to navigate.
November 14th, 2014 3:33am
It most certainly cause you to feel depressed. Anxiety will leave you wide open, making it harder to cope with emotions and feelings that come along with it. It tends to frazzle you, and after a while can make you depressed, angry, and cause many other emotions. If left unchecked over long periods of time, it can really take a toll on you.
November 15th, 2014 1:58pm
Anxiety is the opposite of depression in my opinion and can lead to the other. At times they can also happen together or in concert.
May 9th, 2015 12:10am
Yes, anxiety is the leading cause of plenty other things and depression is one of them. One leads to the other.
June 17th, 2015 10:51pm
Anxiety can produce intrusive thoughts similar to depression, and constant anxiety would or could present like depression, but depression has a bio-chemical basis, whereas anxiety is much harder to treat.
July 8th, 2015 10:11am
Anxiety is an emotion that can cause people to feel all kinds of different things and fears, for instance you can be anxious about going to social events which would cause you to fear them and not go out.. This can then lead to a state of depression where you feel no one is there to support you. But you're here on 7cups and they're are hundreds of listeners willing to help you and guide you to the path you think is best for you.
July 10th, 2015 10:33pm
certainly - just as depression can cause anxiety ('when will I feel better?', 'why do I feel so down'). anytime that you are concentrating or focusing on a negative future or present, anxiety is taking control and needs to be managed.
July 19th, 2015 5:49am
Yes! From personal experience, my anxiety led me to feel helpless and then wallow in self doubt and pity. What helped was realizing what factors I still have control over and then putting effort in those factors to overcome obstacles. If anything, you can always define how you react to your circumstances.
July 30th, 2015 10:34am
Depends really, I would say yes because anxiety can stop a person from doing what they love. Which could result in depression, it is good to talk to someone about how you feel.
August 15th, 2015 10:38pm
yes. Most mental disorders like anxiety lead to other mental disorders such as depression. this is because of the chemicals in your brain, so it is very common for this to happen.
August 16th, 2015 12:55pm
Yes, it can sometimes and depression leads you to have some suicidal behavior that would require a professional
February 6th, 2016 8:27pm
Absolutely. Though I didn't know this, I had suffered from anxiety for years. When my anxiety became difficult to manage, I began getting depressed. There were days where I found it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
March 16th, 2016 7:22am
Anxiety and depression , both serious mental illnesses , can both be interactive with each other , since they are both an imbalance in the brain chemicals...and on the long term , anxiety can change to MDD ( major depressive disorder ) or Dysthemia ( mild persistent depression ) .
March 16th, 2016 4:49pm
In my experience, anxiety and depressive feelings are definitely interrelated. When I'm feeling very anxious, occasionally that can result in a shutting down of emotion. I think that in order to protect myself from anxiety, my brain stops me from feeling both positive and negative things. So I'll go into a funk for a few hours where I'm unable to feel excited about the future and I can't go to my "happy place" like I usually can when experiencing negative emotions.
March 18th, 2016 12:11pm
Yes. Anxiety can cause you to overthink things and become depressed, it is best to seek help for both.
March 23rd, 2016 5:31am
Yes anxiety can cause you to feel depressed if you are constantly worrying,anxious and stressed out.
April 3rd, 2016 10:15am
Anxiety most definitely can cause depression to creep up on you. In fact it is one of the toughest..
September 11th, 2014 3:31pm
yes Anxiety can make you feel depressed from what i have experienced in my life . its is hard to to deal with but it is treatable.
September 21st, 2014 3:28pm
yes it can, When you are just worrying all the time you just think what is the point of feeling like this all the time. It is not nice.
October 8th, 2014 3:42pm
Yes, it can and this okay if it does, it's normal so do not feel afraid. My parents have caused me several anxiety attacks and because of this, I was always afraid to talk to them and even come home. This is why I joined sports in high school, well for half the reason. Because I could not talk to my parents, due to the fear of them judging me and causing more more attacks, I started to get depressed, thinking that it's sad that I cannot even talk to my own mom and dad about personal issues I was having.