According to several studies, people with anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias, spend most of their lives being in an upset mood. Depression is highly related with this condition and therefore, it could be the continuation of one of the aforementioned anxiety disorders.
So can why can anxiety lead to depression?
Anxiety disorders are not just simple nervousness, stress or worrying. They can be severe and cause terrifying feeling of fear. People with simple anxiety issues do not have such extreme feelings. Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders, recognize the fact that their thoughts are irrational or unreal, but are incapable of stopping them.
So let’s look into the complicated relationship of Anxiety and Depression:
- The tendency of anxiety developing into depression is extremely high. About 50% of people with major depression also report suffering from severe anxiety disorders.
- People who are depressed often feel anxious and vice versa, which means that one can trigger the other.
- There may be a biological predisposition to both depression and other anxiety disorders.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression:
- Consistent irrational fear and worry
- Occasional panic attacks
- Consistent feelings of sadness or worthlessness
- Inability to relax
- Changes in eating habits
Physical symptoms include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Hot Flashes, sweating
- Difficulty in breathing
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