Can anxiety cause depression?

Can anxiety cause depression?

Can anxiety lead to depression?

Yes, when someone suffers from Anxiety they are usually one of high functioning or low functioning. The high functioning sufferer is still able to lead their life, albeit anxiously. They will still get on the bus that makes them anxious even though they experience discomfort, these sort of people often have coping strategies to help them through their day. Whereas the low function anxiety sufferer tends to avoid any situation that may cause anxiety. Rather than coping with a situation they will simply do their best to avoid it, but this has the knock on effect that their world becomes smaller and smaller as they do less and less things they would like to do.

Mild depression and situation depression

Both are very common in my therapy room. I don’t tend to treat depression, I treat the anxiety triggers if I believe this is where it stems from. Once the anxiety triggers are lifted, the depression then also abates on its own. This is because the trigger for the depression is the anxiety.

Imagine a man suffers social anxiety and becomes scared to go to work. He then loses his role at the company as having too much time of sick. After a few months he is now behind on his rent. At this point depression can set in. He is now depressed about the situation he finds himself in, and anxious and that he may lose his house etc. A situation has been created that has an original starting point from anxiety.

If we dig backwards from where the client currently feels, to where it started, we will see the triggers that have caused them to be where they are. Releasing those triggers then have the knock on effect of lifting the depression. The depression is kept in place by those triggers. So without the triggers the depression can’t exist.

Situational Depression caused by anxiety

It is fairly common for people to feel mild or situational depression relating to their anxiety. The anxiety makes life unbearable in places and this has a knock on effect of being unhappy.

The type of depression that is experienced this way is usually mild and is often short lived (if treated of course!). People that suffer anxiety won’t necessarily develop any depression of the back of it. Because we can build coping/avoidance techniques sometimes we are not even aware of what we are missing out on. We just see it that, that is the way life is, it’s who we are. It is clear that anxiety and depression are different but they do have overlaps in the symptoms experienced. So for some people they don’t even know which one they are suffering or if they are suffering both.

BWRT is a rapid change therapy that is able to go after the original triggers of the anxiety and remove them. If you don’t feel anxious, in turn any related depression is lifted.

Hypnoanalysis also allows the lifting of any triggers. This can sometimes be a longer therapy to undertake but one that can have superb side effects like increased self-confidence.

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