11 doctors weighed in:
Does anxiety cause depression?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Fox
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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Doesn't help
Relentless anxiety a risk factor for depression.

In brief: Doesn't help
Relentless anxiety a risk factor for depression.
Dr. Anne Sagalyn
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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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