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A 27-year-old member asked:

does anxiety cause depression?

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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Dr. Anne Sagalynanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Doesn't help: Relentless anxiety a risk factor for depression.
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Not causal: People who are depressed will often experience an increase in anxiety due to their depression. They are related, but i would not say that anxiety, per se, causes depression. Increased stress in your life could, however, lead to both depression and anxiety.
Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Interesting "aside": Anxiety does not, per se, cause depression. There is, however, an important relationship between depression and the "treatment" of anxiety -- decreasing the anxiety can lead to an increase in (underlying) depression. So best to treat both at the same time with healthy lifestyle choices, regular exercise, healthy diet, quality sleep, good hydration, positive attitude, meditation, mindfulness.
Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Not really: Anxiety does not cause depression, although the two "conditions" can certainly co-exist. Anxiety usually involves a "little extra something, " whereas depression usually involves a "little something missing." anxiety has elements of fear, concern, and agitation; depression has elements of either guilt and anger or shame and despair.

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The list is too long but some common causes includes financial hardship, marriage problems, infidelity, not expressing your true feeling, preparing for an exam, having an underlying phobia, previous traumatic events.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does depression cause anxiety or does anxiety cause depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Which came first -: the chicken or the egg?? Depression and anxiety are often co-morbid conditions. Additionally many people have "anxious depressions". One can cause the other to worsen. Take care.

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