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Why do I feel depressed and anxious at the same time?

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Last Updated: 02/08/2022 at 2:56pm
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February 16th, 2015 5:48pm
These two are severe conditions which balance out each other so when you think "yeah depression is disappearing, Anxiety goes... NOOO COME BACK" and that's where it become one big circle
April 10th, 2015 11:39pm
Because life is so hard. It really is. Also, depression and anxiety are very much related to each other, although they feel different. Biologically speaking, they are both a result of not producing enough serotonin in the brain. You can be depressed because you are anxious, and anxious because you are depressed. Luckily, this can also mean that once you start to feel less depressed, you also start to feel less anxious, and vice versa.
December 21st, 2015 7:47pm
I feel like depression and anxiety are things that go on together for me, and thus create a kind of vicious cycle. I feel anxious because I feel like 'how am I gonna do this', 'what are people thinking about me', 'do people think I look bad', and at the same time I feel depressed because I think that 'I can't do anything because I'm useless', 'people think I'm a failure, and I probably am', 'I am ugly'. So, anxiety is like a concern, and depression justifies that negative concern; anxiety creates a problem issue, and depression makes that issue a fact.
August 22nd, 2015 1:42pm
Extreme stress can exhaust you emotionally and cause both depression and anxiety. This can be a sign of extreme stress and mean you probably need to discuss it with a healthcare professional.
August 25th, 2015 4:22am
It is quite common for depression and anxiety to occur at the same time. Considering that depression tends to make you focus on the negative, it is not surprising that anxiety also starts to play a role.
January 16th, 2015 2:08pm
because its a cycle, we feel depressed which makes us anxious we are feeling this way, then the anxiety turns into fear sadness and depression because we dont understand it...thats what i found
November 17th, 2015 4:37pm
It is normal to feel a little of this from time to time, but if you are feeling overwhelmed, do a double check to see if you are taking good care of yourself. Good food, good exercise, sufficient sleep all add up to a happy person! :) You may try taking some time to do something for yourself. Treat yourself. Do something you really enjoy or attend a worship service.
December 14th, 2015 5:05am
It's actually very common to suffer from both anxiety and depression at the same time, especially if you have severe anxiety or panic disorder. Often the anxiety comes first, and the impact that anxiety has on your life ends up leading to the development of depression and depressive symptoms. Both involve a considerable amount of negative thinking. While those with anxiety tend to fear the future and those with depression see the future as more hopeless, both believe that the worst is likely to happen. Both anxiety and depression are related to the same neurotransmitters as well, which is one of the reasons they have similar thoughts.
February 12th, 2018 3:14pm
It's funny how those two feelings can come hand-in-hand, for me they did anyway. Sometimes I would notice one overpowering the other. Know that you're in control, and despite what your mind may feel, you own that control and it does not disappear. You have power over your life to manage this! You will overcome this moment.
November 17th, 2015 10:38pm
The two usually go hand in hand because an anxious mind can get extremely down about something that's causing nervousness and vice versa.
December 28th, 2015 5:35pm
Because depression is another cause for anxiety so if you are depressed a lot then this led to you feeling anxious
March 15th, 2016 11:10pm
You are probably feeling that way because you have been through sad situation and your anxious to find out the things that will happen next.
September 27th, 2016 7:51am
Depression and anxiety are related in some ways. Feeling anxious about something on a regular basis can cause depression.
September 27th, 2016 9:39pm
Unfortunately, depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. They are not exclusive; people can have depression, anxiety, or both. Anxiety and overthinking of an issue can lead to negative thoughts that bring on depressive thoughts or modes of thinking. The two often create a vicious cycle that is extremely unhealthy, but it varies from person to person where that cycle can be broken.
April 20th, 2020 4:15pm
Depression and anxiety often run hand-in-hand, so it's very common for someone with depression to struggle with anxiety and vice versa. As well as that, depression and anxiety can kind of feed off of each other in a way that when the depression worsens, the anxiety will to as a response to that. Personally, I've experienced anxiety and depression at the same time and it can be really hard when you're lacking motivation and every day is super difficult, and then the anxiety also makes it harder because then you're starting to overthink everything. Unfortunately depression and anxiety are pretty much best friends.
February 8th, 2022 2:56pm
It's totally normal to feel both depressed and anxious at the same time. Often times depression and anxiety are comorbid, meaning they occur at the same time. If you are feeling anxious, you may feel sad and upset about your situation as well. At the same time, if you are feeling depressed, this may cause you to feel anxious about your situation. Therefore, you often experience depression and anxiety at the same time. This is not out of the ordinary; many people deal with the same thing. It is important to recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety in your own life so that you can take the right steps to better your mental health.