Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sharing how I usually explain the relationship between anxiety and depression to patients.

  • Anxiety is good if you can manage it well.......Most high achiever have anxious traits.
  • If one cannot manage anxiety, one tends to alternate between avoid and blame.
  • Over time, with avoidance and blame, it leads to powerless, hopelessness and then....
  • This can then lead to depressed mood.
  • When one is very depressed, anxiety tends to lessen due to lack of care factor.
  • However, if one has lost care factor, one also lose meaning and purpose leading to more depressed mood.
  • One can argue that depression is "end stage" anxiety.

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