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Anxiety and Depression: Which one do I have?

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Remo

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Thanks for the article! I really related to the piece about anxiety.
 
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FreyaSavanna

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My doctor and self help group where leader is psychiatrist they say that they come together and I can agree. I get anxiety and them depression. Sometimes I feel they come together.
 
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When I was smoking/using nicotine, the anxiety was much worse and depression not so much. Since quitting, it's now the other way around. Both are just as awful pretty much, but I do find the depression easier to manage.
 
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i know for me the depression & anxiety go hand in hand & i will even get anxiety about my depression. i take my meds, but social anxiety is the worst for me, or even when i am driving alone somewhere. do you feel this way also?
 
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ok, I read the article... it's very interesting. but I'm not sure if i got the point of it.
My psychiatrist always told me that depression and anxiety they usually happen together, one comes after the other. It seems that anxiety may come first and then depression as a consequence from the frustration, that happens when the anxiety disorder became something quite serious.

One thing I don't know if I agree or understood about that...
I get anxious not only because I'm uncertain of the future but mostly because I already know what will happen - I will fail (it says there this is what happens only with depression). This is the fear of failure, repetition, an eternal cycle. Anxiety disorders are mostly triggered by traumatic past experiencies it gets registered in our mind, whether we're fully aware or not.
And we repeat and reproduce them, being sure that is what will happen.

I still think that the line that divides depression and anxiety is a bit blurry. They are kind of...different things, but they act together.

Anyway, i'm not a doctor and probably I'm saying the most absurd thing around here. But this is the conclusion I take from what I experience by myself and other people I know with the same 2 issues.
I definitely always have anxiety with depression, but not sure what comes first.
 
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I think this definition probably answers everyone's questions doesn't it?
You can be depressed with anxiety or anxious with depression. Alternatively you can
be diagnosed with just one of them.
At the end of the day, having the two together is pretty serious and scary and they make
each other worse.
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Exactly. My depression causes the anxiety. When I get depressed I start feeling awkward, self conscious and embarrassed. I worry about how other people perceive me. I get extremely anxious. I have
MDD with GAD. But MDD definitely comes first. For me.
 
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I think this definition probably answers everyone's questions doesn't it?
You can be depressed with anxiety or anxious with depression. Alternatively you can
be diagnosed with just one of them.
At the end of the day, having the two together is pretty serious and scary and they make
each other worse.
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On another thread someone agreed with me on this: When I get severely depressed, I am embarrassed and this causes anxiety around people. I am SO uncomfortable/awkward around people when I have anxiety and depression, even my close relatives. Except my husband. He is stuck with me but it is not easy for him.
 
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David Carbonell, a psychologist who does a lot of work around anxiety has published a useful page on his website which helps one understand the difference between anxiety and depression. Take a read .... you may find it useful.

Anxiety and Depression: Telling Them Apart
So I am depressed and I have anxiety about still being depressed in the future for a special event. My son's wedding, for example. Or a holiday. Or a vacation. So not sure what comes first, they come together.
 
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Seems like most of the times, depression and anxiety closely related. right?
 
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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to mental health it is so complex everything in life has a compound effect maybe your depression gives you anxiety vise versa id say get diagnosed if you don’t agree which it happens doctors get shit wrong seek a second and third opinion
 
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I don't know about the rest of you but I have both anxiety and depression. The anxiety makes me depressed, it is a terrible feeling.
 
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Catherin000

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It's a great acknowledgement from your site. It will help me to follow your rules which is so much helpful for me also.
 
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My experience with both anxiety and depression results in a different perspective from that offered by the author. The sources of my anxiety have been things that are both occurring in the moment (financial, housing or health issues) and future events, also referred to as anticipatory anxiety (being on a boat or a plane, the end of the world, getting cancer). My depression has been more related to obstacles and failures from living with a learning disability; existential issues (e.g. my purpose in life, the state of the world) as well as losses in my life (job loss, bereavement). The one variable that involves both anxiety and depression is interpersonal conflict. I am, to a certain extent, afraid of people, especially those in authority and adolescents/youth. The depression comes in when this interpersonal conflict impacts on my self esteem and causes isolation, especially in the face of criticism. It is a depression that stems from a sense of personal inefficacy and shame, rather that the wear and tear of anxiety.
 
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