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Can You Have Anxiety Without Depression
Dr's say anxiety & depression linked. Isn't it possible to have anxiety without depression? Is it possible to treat just anxiety? I.e w/o ssri.
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not enough info to: answer your question. Major Depression is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The short answer: Currently, it is believed that they are caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and social, environmental factors and events. Usually a person predisposed to anxiety and depression will have difficulties adjusting to change and will not be emotionally resilient. That means can not recover quickly after a sad or challenging event. Tx: learn how to better cope, with/ without medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both 'yes' and 'no': If all goes well, yes. It can really help in both superficial and meaningful ways. If all goes badly, it can exacerbate problems even tragically. If it has ups and downs (likely), it can be just like most people's life. Is this a new part of life or a return for you? Talk therapy/counseling may help you decide. Best! ...Read more
Closely at times: Depression can be anxious , couch-potato, or agitated in nature. In the first instance anxiety is obviously present. Less understood is the existence of a severe anxiety disorder that leads to crippling depression as a consequence. Severe social anxiety, agoraphobia or major panic attacks are so disabling themselves at times that it's almost inevitable that clinical depression occurs then as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Get Help!: Start w a med eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. Take care. ...Read more
Complicated : What other symptoms? Is the person, taking in fluids? Severe depression can cause slowed thoughts and decreased speech. However, if the person is becoming catatonic in other words totally dysfunctional this can be very serious. The situation needs evaluated asap. Severe depression if not responding to outpatient care my require hospitalization. Ect is effective and safe despite hollywood bias. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
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