Can anxiety cause me to feel depressed?

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July 17th, 2015 9:35pm
Fresh air,exercise and healthy eating will get rid of it..also if you limit time with technology,it really does good in the long term :)
July 18th, 2015 5:26am
Yes it can...anxiety is when you constantly think about something you will or want to do in future...but if you realize you can't or you don't knw how will you do it it leads to stress and depression
July 22nd, 2015 3:13am
Anxiety can absolutely cause someone to feel depressed. You get so built up and anxious about something that you start to think of the negative outcomes. Whatever you're anxious about you'll start to wonder what will happen if your negative view will happen. You then start to spiral and get yourself so caught up in this negative, future outcome that soon enough you become depressed because you are now stuck wondering what you will do once this negative outcome does happen. You then lead yourself to believe you're worthless since you can't overcome your anxiety and that you just can't achieve anything.
July 22nd, 2015 9:26pm
I know an overload of stress can lead into depression, finding a mantra or a way to breathe through the stressful event can decrease the chances of falling into depression.
July 23rd, 2015 3:39pm
It can, it's not uncommon. You may feel anxious that you're depressed or, if you're trying to hide your depression, you may feel anxious that people might find out. But it could be someting else, it deprends on the person and/or situation. You should tell someone about both your depression and anxiety. You can get better answers from a trained professional.
July 23rd, 2015 7:55pm
It can. Anxiety & Depression come hand in hand sometimes. Anxiety fuels Depression and vice versa. However, Anxiety can make us feel low in general as our bodies become exhausted from the worry. See a GP if you feel like you could be suffering from Depression too.
July 25th, 2015 7:06am
Depression stems from anxiety. Worry and fear can overwhelm to the degree that posirive feelings become suppressed.
July 26th, 2015 5:45am
Anxiety can make the feeling of dissatisfaction magnified wrought to be turned in to clinical depression; a personal observation.
July 29th, 2015 1:17pm
Anxiety can lead to negative thoughts and you may start to feel sad and unhappy alot, which are symtoms of depression. Clashing symtoms of Anxiety and Depression are the fact that Anxiety are often the over-thinking of negative thoughts whereas during Depression, you feel dull all the time and have no motivation to do anything that had used to pleasure you. Anxiety may be a cause of Depression, but only if severe and after a relatively long time.
July 30th, 2015 4:16am
Of course it can. Anxiety is often the cause of depression. Anxiety can manifest in many ways, including unwanted fixation.
July 31st, 2015 1:41pm
Depression and anxiety are both disorders that are have different yet similar symptoms. They both consist of emotional issues and behavioural problems and sometimes having Anxiety can cause you to have low moods or in some cases lead to depression. If you are suffering with anxiety or depression consider visiting your doctor.
July 31st, 2015 9:33pm
Yes, because you will worry about pretty much any meaningless thing and you will miss the happy things around you. Depression and anxiety are linked because anxiety will make you see only problems and stressful situations, and so depression will come, but that doesn't mean you will heal from both of them.
August 1st, 2015 6:42pm
Anxiety can lead to depression if the anxiety is uncontrolled. Some amount of anxiety is good for us as it enables us to function at an optimum level. When anxiety threatens to affect our normal functions then it can lead to depression.
August 2nd, 2015 2:54pm
Yes, I believe so! Speaking from personal experience, anxiety keeps me from doing many things I want to do, which usually causes me to just stay home and shut myself in my room and not talk to people, etc. The feeling of depression often then starts coming back.
August 5th, 2015 9:20am
Yes, anxiety can cause you to feel depressed. You can feel down that you can't seem to shake off this burden that is holding you down (the anxiety). It sucks. But you can get through it.
August 5th, 2015 7:19pm
It's been a recent revelation to me that my anxiety may be a cause of/closely linked to my depression. I just came to realize it made sense to me because of the sheer exhaustion anxiety causes with the constant drain of a worried mind. It saps your energy. I've started working more on treating my anxiety than depression. I'm now taking vitamin B8 aka inositol supplement, by vital nutrients, their high dose 4000mg/tap powder. A couple or few times a day, 8-12graMs a day. Its sweet and now i crave it time to time. I also switched my medicinal cannabis from a more 'functional energetic sativa dominant hybrid bc I was afraid of depressive effects of a heavier indica dominant strain- switched to that indica dominant hybrid. 60% 40% is my sweet spot. But lower thc and high cbd is really best but not as available so its not the easiest for me to transition to when i cant count on its availability. But for those wary of psychoactive effects, good on ya, i recommend high cbd products, some edibles dont require heating and are virtually not completely non psychoactuve. The switch so far has helped and is equally as functional bc it does a better job treating my anxiety, saving me energy. I also sleep better. Ive been able to reduce my dosing/usage. Sleeping and eating properly are the first to get out of whack when things are bad, and most important for me to manage to get better. I take sublingual melatonin to aid sleep. Also St. Johns Wort, which has been around for ages & is contra indicated with prescription SSRI's bc it has been studied to have measure able effects and a risk of seratonin overload can happen. I prefer the natural, of-the-earth route, so if St. Johns is powerful enough it shouldn't be combined with SSRIs it's probably good enough for me. I am better when I also have my supply of topical wild yam root cream for hormone balance, it's a plant based progesterone. Wild Indian Herbals or medicinals or something brand is what works for me. Black cohosh has been recommended to me too but I don't notice such a difference as I do with the wild yam root cream, which was surprisingly immediate and perceptible to me. Hope this helps anyone.
November 16th, 2015 7:23pm
Yes. Anxiety and depression are very often linked.
November 17th, 2015 7:40am
Yes, anxiety can cause depression, they do have a link, for when you are feeling anxious, it can make you sad and feel hopeless and can cause a greater affect.
December 1st, 2015 2:32pm
Yes, anxiety and depression are so closely related that either one can cause the other. Feeling constantly anxious can definitely affect your emotions and thus your mood. I
December 11th, 2015 1:06pm
it can do, it can cause you to feel alone and angry at yourself, if you fear this then it may be best to seek help
December 12th, 2015 1:14am
When one feeling is strong enough to push others out in your mind, it can have the same effect as depression in that it dulls your senses and overwhelms nerves.
December 12th, 2015 7:43am
Yes this is actually more common then you think, I know because this happened to me. Anxiety saps the joy out of everything, making you worried about every move you make and leaving you full of stress and more negative emotions. Your general dissatisfaction with how you live you life can easily manifest into depression. If you ever need to talk feel free to send me a message and we can talk :).
December 13th, 2015 12:42am
Yes. Anxiety makes you feel less secure and therefore less confident. Confidence is important for social standing. Low social standing makes you feel more anxious. This is a feedback loop that can lead to depression. But don't be afraid. It is important to know this, because then you can somehow counteract this process. Know, that a lot of anxious feelings aren't worth it and can only lead to further pain. Surprisingly, this thought has calmed me down a lot of times....
December 13th, 2015 4:21am
Anxiety and depression go hand in hand usually. The difficulties of depression can cause feeling of anxiousness and anxiety can cause feelings of depression. Most of the time, the two conditions are treated together.
December 13th, 2015 12:56pm
Yes, it can. You may feel sad and blue after worrying about what you're worried about. Anxiety is basically feeling worried (not really, but...) and worry is an emotion that may cause you to feel depressed.
December 16th, 2015 12:59pm
The two can come hand in hand, but anxiety can cause excessive frustration leading to depression. They are usually diagnosed separately. Although there are many different types of depression, effective different lengths of time.
December 16th, 2015 3:58pm
Yes and no. Not all depression can be from anxiety, but having G.A.D (generalized anxiety disorder) like myself it tends to bring down your self esteem in ever having friends.
December 17th, 2015 8:13am
Oh yes, yes it can. The two love to go hand in hand. When you are depressed one tends to shy away from social interaction and people and in turn develop anxiety around such areas (a social phobia). Likewise someone with an anxiety disorder is almost always depressed as anxiety is caused by negative thought processes and jumping to the worst conclusions. Pessimism really and depression is the definition of pessimism and despair, so certainly yes.
December 17th, 2015 1:00pm
I don't know much psychology, sorry. I cannot take that question. maybe you can talk about what makes you anxious
December 18th, 2015 12:53am
Anxiety can cause a whole array of different feelings and emotions. So yes anxiety can defiantly cause depression just as much as depression can cause anxiety. But what you have to understand is depression and anxiety are in the same family metaphorically speaking, they share a lot of the same traits and are both generally caused by the same feelings such as self doubt, and feelings of worry.