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how are depression and anxiety disorders linked?

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Dr. William Drescher
48 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Anxiety is an unconscious alert that something is wrong. One of the most prevalent symptoms of a serious depression is anxiety. On the other hand, the stress from constant anxiety can deplete you and actually cause a biochemical depression. Get evaluated and treated by a competent psychotherapist.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Steven Chen
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Similar symptoms: I think of anxiety and depression as "cousins". An underlying anxiety disorder can cause depression over time and vice versa. Treatment considerations include psychotherapy, medication management, or a combination of these. In addition, reducting stressors, exercise, diet, and being connected to family and friends can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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