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Anxiety and the relationship with Depression

There is quite often a belief I hear that low energy states are related to depression, and anxiety is considered to be a high energy state.

Well, this is not always the case and as professional therapists we know how important it is to understand the relationship between anxiety and depression, to introduce the appropriate interventions and be aware of client safety.

People suffering from depression, can also be suffering from anxiety at the same time and vice versa. There is no order of preference of the two.

Anxiety can be a negative experience because of the daily disturbances that take place, or the sudden impact of fear or terror about to occur, likened to a panic attack or flashback. It can be disruptive to your future goals and plans.

By responding to anxiety with excessive worry or hopelessness of not being able to achieve, maybe some daily tasks, or difficulty in maintaining relationships.

These are factors towards increasing the risk of depressive symptoms. Both anxiety and depression exhibit disturbances in positive emotional regulation.

Following some recent research by Bird et al, they discussed and provided examples of the core traits or tendancies that may underpin the relationship between anxiety and depression.

As you read the core tendancies below, please relate them to your experiences and see if they hold any meaning for you.

  • Dysfunctional emotional regulation (Wells and Mathews 1994).
  • Self-absorption, focussed on self (Ingam 1990).
  • Repetitive negative thinking (Ehring and Watkins 2008).
  • Self attacking thoughts (Gilbert and Irons 2004).
  • Avoidance behaviours (Hayes et al. 1996).

It could be from reading all this information and the signs and symptoms of anxiety that you are aware of particular tendancies. it is also OK if you are not aware of any patterns forming and are just aware of any disturbing or disruptive experiences.

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