Why is depression so often associated with anxiety?

Depression and anxiety

Because one thing often follows from the other. A long-standing depressive mood leads many people to fear build up. Fears of occupational or private stress, fears of certain situations or fears of people. The underlying almost always a fear of failure, so fear of failure.

Such states of anxiety can be so pronounced that those affected practically no longer venture out the door and increasingly isolate themselves. The same tendencies exist in depression, which shows how muddled the boundaries are.

Depression and anxiety often come together

Quite a few experts believe that depression and anxiety disorders can basically be regarded as almost the same symptoms of the same disorder.

For still not clearly clarified reason, the messenger substances in the brain play crazy and cause cloudy mood and fears.

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However, assuming a cause-and-effect principle, depression is more likely to be the cause of anxiety in most cases. In any case, this is the more common case in the externally perceptible sequence of phenomena.

But it's the other way around. So that from an anxiety disorder a depression grows. We all know - at least by hearsay - the claustrophobia, fear of heights or the fear of spiders. This is often harmless in nature (a little sharp scream when seeing a spider, and then everything is fine again), but can also be much more dramatic in case of a fulminant anxiety disorder. Then the fears are so bad that those affected can hardly move normally and carefree around the world. Because there are threats everywhere. And in such a case, depression is not far off. Because, of course, then in addition to the fear and the social isolation is an enormous psychological burden for those affected.

Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn

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