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When you have both depression and anxiety, does depression cause anxiety or does anxiety cause depression?

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Last Updated: 03/19/2018 at 8:24pm
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January 16th, 2018 4:30pm
Answering that question is difficult , it's kinda like asking "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" . Anxiety and Depression are often inseparable, like a pair of Siamese twins. When one is present you always have the other, and often times they feed off of each other. When your depression gets bad, you may become more anxious, and this can create a vicious cycle. So instead of thinking about what disorder caused what, try thinking about ways of not feeding the downward spiral.
March 19th, 2018 8:24pm
In my opinion, anxiety can cause depression and depression can cause anxiety. When with depression, life will seem dark and so anxiety will be easier to catch. And vice versa.