Many people who have an anxiety disorder are vulnerable to developing depression. It is unclear whether this is because of their brain chemistry, a genetic vulnerability, the stress of dealing with the anxiety disorder, or some combination of these factors.
Depression is a mental health illness which causes you to feel emotionally and physically drained. It takes away your ability to feel hope, to feel happiness, and to derive any enjoyment from your everyday life. When you have depression, things that you used to appreciate — like listening to classical music, for instance — may no longer bring you any joy. If someone is depressed long enough, he or she can even begin to have thoughts of committing suicide. This is what makes clinical depression such as dangerous and harmful disorder.
It is very important for people who suffer from depression (especially if it tends to be long-term or recurrent) to seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional like a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can determine what kind of treatment the person with depression will likely benefit from the most. A successful treatment should result in a lessening of the symptoms of depression and hopefully a full recovery from the disorder in the long-run.
A study conducted by two scientists from the University of Notre Dame shows that negative thinking patterns characteristic of people who have depression have the ability to influence others’ thinking patterns. Basically, having a negative state mind tends to make other people have one, as well. This can make the influenced person more likely to show symptoms of depression in the future, according to the study.
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