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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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A 18-year-old male asked:

What causes anxiety and depression?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Too numerous to list: Anxiety & depression are normal human emotions that occur in response to life events and the way we interpret them. When these experiences become part of a constellation of associated symptoms and problems they form the basis of various mental disorders. Tip: don't go overboard in your interpretations of events or your prospects for success in the future. Keep taking action to move toward goals.
A 18-year-old female asked:

What can cause anxiety and depression?

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Genes, environment: Perhaps 60-70% of the risk of developing anxiety or depression comes from a person's genetic makeup. Over 10 genes are still being investigated as causative but it is clear no one single gene is at fault but rather a combination of genes. About 30-40% of the risk comes frome stressors in the environment.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Does anxiety cause depression?

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Psychiatry 40 years experience
Doesn't help: Relentless anxiety a risk factor for depression.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What's your opinion on causes depression and anxiety?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Multifactorial: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the leading causes of depression and anxiety in women?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple: Risk for developing depression & anxiety may involve the combination of multiple genes with environmental and other factors. Family history of depression & anxiety is commonly found with women w/these disorders, but isn't a hard or fast rule. Losing a parent before age 10, hormonal changes throughout life, current losses, medical illnesses, & life & relationship stresses all can contribute.

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