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Does anxiety cause depression?

12 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. Martha Stark
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

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. 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

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.
Dr. Martha Stark
Dr. Martha Stark
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