Relation between anxiety and depression: Clear the Fundamentals

By : Emma Laurence | : 24 September, 2020
Relation between anxiety and depression: Clear the Fundamentals

Relation between anxiety and depression: Clear the Fundamentals

People are highly interested to know the relation between anxiety and depression in this uncertain and complex world. But it depends on the person and society concerned. Many people with anxiety undergo stretches of occasional depression.


Are depression and anxiety genetic?

There are 2 fundamentals sources of depression: External and Internal.

The external sources are mostly Darwinian, that is, the broad society where you live. Recent psychological research shows that human society is guided by what is “Herd Behavior”. That is, in a school, what most students do is called group behavior; this group of the majority of students are normally termed as mediocre.

A single student or a couple of students who are intelligent and creative may not fall into the same category. So, this small minority has to constantly fight against all odds of mediocrity to advance into the path of intellectual success and professional excellence. The same theory applies to Club, College, University, Work Place, Locality, Relative Circle, etc.

Some of the students/persons from this minority group may not cope with successfully the onslaught of the majority mediocre group. Eventually, they begin to suffer from anxiety. A long period of suffering may cause depression.

The psychologists would say that these people have had some genetic linkages of depression in their DNA which are rooted in the long past.

On the other hand, those who have the power to overcome the mediocre disturbance, they do not have such DNA determined depressive traces. Therefore, DNA eventually matters.

Now you understand that depression and anxiety are linked. In other words, depression and anxiety-related, although depression and anxiety are not the same. Because, anxiety applies to a specific issue like reaching the airport in time, or your ability to answer the exam questions the way you desired, or acceptance of your dissertation by the university, etc. But depression is much bigger, complex and all-pervading.


Is treatment for depression and anxiety the same?

Not at all. Anxiety is a temporary issue; it very often vanishes with your target getting fulfilled.

On the other hand, depression is a long-run phenomenon. You have to observe whether depression rates are increasing over time.

If you are suffering from bipolar depression, you may encounter frequent mood swings. I have observed many patients in many varied moods at different times of the year and in different phases. Scientists still do not know the exact cause of bipolar disorder. It is a complex combination of factors from genetics, environment, and altered brain structure and chemistry.

Depressive episodes may include symptoms like low energy, low motivation, and loss of interest in daily normal activities. Also, sometimes, the person becomes over-active, sometimes unresponsive.

Mood episodes last days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts for some. But for many patients, obsessive and stubborn activities become normal. Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy.


Can depression be cured?

For many people, it can be cured surely. For some people, who had a strong genetic linkage and who have less outdoor exposure, it is difficult to say anything with certainty.

You should arrange for depression tests from trusted medical institutes and follow both medication and suggestions with a strict routine. I am sure, if you can do both with utmost sincerity, you will be fully cured.


My suggestions are:

  • Eat the medicines strictly as per Doctor’s prescriptions.

  • Interact deeply with your family members who love you. It is also their responsivity to love, respect and care for your likes and dislikes.

  • Follow the Yoga routine from our site.

  • Pursue your hobbies passionately.

  • Sleep well at night.

  • Go out for traveling to mountains and forests with family and friends who care for you.

  • Play with children.

  • Enjoy good food.

  • Listen music and enjoy TV, if you like.


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About the author:

Emma Laurence
Emma Laurence
Human Psychologist
She is an expert on sexual behavior and human psychology. She is an author par excellence...