Can anxiety cause me to feel depressed?

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kindSound26
June 25th, 2015 12:24am
I think so. From my own experience and from the experiences of others that I've talked to, struggling to control your anxiety could cause you to feel hopeless or depressed. I think I've heard that anxiety and depression can be comorbid, meaning that when someone is diagnosed with one then they may likely be diagnosed with the other.
Anonymous
June 26th, 2015 3:02pm
Anxiety creates fear,hopelessness,panic, and yes..depression. They are siblings..born from the same irrational thoughts. We have control over this, and we can beat this.
sarahsarahsarah
June 26th, 2015 4:08pm
Anxiety can cause you to feel depressed. Anxiety makes people worry and if you're worried you'll hold back. If you hold back in life, you could become depressed.
Anonymous
June 27th, 2015 2:34am
Anxiety and depression can sometimes go hand and hand. It is normal to feel spell o depression when anxious. Be sure to use coping strategies like talking to people you love of getting excersize.
Anonymous
June 27th, 2015 9:16am
Yes, anxiety and depression are often linked. Anxiety makes you feel more distressed, causes further emotional turmoil and leads to depression.
Anonymous
June 27th, 2015 12:32pm
Yes, most of the time, that's why you have to keep calm at the times that you are anxious and have your mind clean.
NMalmstrom
June 28th, 2015 6:09pm
Yes, it is most likely. You can feel really low about the cause of anxiety and it can turn into depression.
Itsacrazylifewelive
July 1st, 2015 12:02am
Yes. Research even suggests this. But for the most part, a person can become soooo anxious that they eventually become depressed.
Anonymous
July 1st, 2015 7:48am
Yes it can I know that when my anxiety gets really bad I start to get depressed and I just don't know what to do
Anonymous
July 1st, 2015 4:55pm
It can, especially when anxiety causes you to have a negative outlook on things that aren't that bad
Anonymous
July 2nd, 2015 10:12pm
In my own experience, yes it can. Depression causes anxiety and anxiety causes depression. It's unfair but that's how it works. Anxiety can make you feel very small and sometimes (in my case) you feel so pathetic for being that way that it makes you feel depressed
summersunset02
July 3rd, 2015 12:27am
Yes! Many times, you start feeling like you can't even do the tiniest thing without freaking out, causing you to feel like you're worthless. This can lead you to feel depressed.
Anonymous
July 3rd, 2015 5:24pm
I've found that anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand, but this isn't always the case. To me, the fact that I can't carry on neurotypically sort of adds to my feelings of helplessness and "you'll never do anything right", though I'm sure the original depression stemmed from something else, not anxiety itself.
VictoriousVision20
July 3rd, 2015 11:57pm
In my experience it can take part in depression. The anxiety cripples you and then you feel lonely making it easier for depression to take hold. I have felt at odds socially with my anxiety before and has made me think "what is wrong with me?" and "Why can't I just say hi?" Those thoughts made me feel depressed if I let them fester instead of working through them and changing my attitude.
Tiger2279
July 5th, 2015 7:15am
YES and vice versa. Both Anxiety can cause depression and Depression can cause anxiety. It all depends on the severity of coarse but there is a big correlation between the two.
Anonymous
July 5th, 2015 1:19pm
Yes, and depression can cause anxiety. Even though they are two whole different things, they often go hand in hand with eachother. Try to face them as different things and take it step by step.
PondIsle
July 5th, 2015 7:54pm
It absolutely can, and I speak from experience. Anxiety makes it difficult to ever feel truly relaxed, and that constant feeling of being "on edge" can wear you out, use up all your brain's resources, leaving you feeling depressed...
peachysunny
July 5th, 2015 8:55pm
yes it can because it can cause you to feel like you are trapped in a cycle of being scared and getting sad because you are scared ect.....
Marti333
July 8th, 2015 3:38pm
Yes it can . It ´s normal that you feel depressed or frustrated when you ´re dealing with anxiety...
thereishope6097
July 9th, 2015 4:13am
Absolutely! When I was really struggling at the peak of my OCD, it felt like a lot of work and energy to just be awake and live, so I would love to sleep. (Can't be anxious while sleeping right?) But sleeping a lot only perpetuates the cycle of isolation (which is really bad for depression) and staying in our own (difficult) world.
KellyCanary
July 9th, 2015 7:55am
Yes! Like two sides of a coin, both can often not exist without the other. With emotional intensity often comes a feeling of low self worth/sadness. It is something we need to be aware of and work on!
Gilbertron
July 10th, 2015 12:04am
Not necessarily. I don't want to stereotype so I'll just say its that way for some people and others not.
Anonymous
July 10th, 2015 10:58am
In my experience, yes it can. When you feel anxious you tend to overthink which can make you feel depressed
Nem94
July 10th, 2015 1:05pm
Yes. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. Anxiety can leave you scared of doing usual day to day tasks this can make you feel down for not being able to cope with something simple. It goes on and on in a circle wearing you down.
butterflykisses27
July 11th, 2015 5:45am
Yes it can. With anxiety you feel out of control. You also have expectations where you think because your anxious other people might be able to notice your really anxious. Feeling judged by others and or yourself can also lead to depression.
StevensLion
July 11th, 2015 10:11pm
In my opinion, anxiety and depression pretty much go hand-in-hand. I've never met anyone with depression who didn't have anxiety and I've never met anyone with anxiety who didn't have depression. I, myself, have both of those things, as well. I could be wrong, because I am not a professional, but it's simply an observation of mine. I also do believe having anxiety can cause someone to feel depressed quite a bit. It can give someone low self-esteem because they're always too scared to do anything because of their anxiety.
kindheartedJoy94
July 12th, 2015 1:59am
Yes it can. Anxiety usually makes a person overthinks about the matter or the challenge he/she going through Our minds tend to think of the bad consequences or results rather than the good ones. Consequently, the person starta to feel sad and even misrable, which often leads to depression. One thinks that there ia no solution for his issue, therefore, he becomes depressed.
KintsugiLady
July 12th, 2015 4:13pm
Anxiety and depression go hand in hand many times. I don't think one directly causes the other (any which way) but more like the imbalances that create one, be them hormonal, chemical, emotional, etc., can, and many times do, cause the other too. The upside is that plenty of times when one gets better the other also does, so the way to recovery doesn't have to be twice as long.
7cupsofRebecca
July 15th, 2015 7:32am
In my opinion, it can. Often anxiety and depression occur alongside one another. I've known of anxiety leading to depression. For example, someone wanting a boyfriend very badly. They feel nervous knots in their stomach as they try to talk to him and get him to like them. Their anxiety gets so bad that they can't sleep and they feel dizzy. After some time, their mind detaches from the situation and the person starts thinking "Whatever. It doesn't matter anyway. He was never going to like me. I'm a loser", etc. They stop feeling symptoms of anxiety and start feeling those of depression - low mood, suicidal thoughts, avoiding their friends.
Anonymous
July 16th, 2015 4:28pm
That really depends on the person. Having too much anxiety might cause the person to feel frustrated or powerless which might lead to depression.