What Is Anxiety Depression?

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Anxiety and depression are two distinct affective states, but they can occur together. Find out how high levels of anxiety can lead to depression with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology and mental health.

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Hi, my name's John Bosworth, I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Saint Pete, Florida. I'd like to talk to you about what is anxiety depression. Anxiety and depression are two distinct phenomena or affective states, but they actually can co-occur or coincide together. Anxiety depression, if somebody is really, really anxious over an extended period of time their anxiety is chronic, starting to interfere with a lot of the things that they used to do, starting to get in the way of school performance, academic performance, earning a living, relationships, marriages, that, we say that's chronic, and there starts to be, most people that have that high level of anxiety would also start to experience some depression related to probably some beliefs that you know, this is not going to get any better, this is a hopeless scenario, I'm helpless to do anything about it, so due to being anxious and the chronicity of the anxiety for so long we start to see that the person actually becomes depressed more from a hopeless and helpless standpoint, but, from a mental health standpoint, both the anxiety and the depression need to be treated. In some situations, assessment of the primary disorder would probably be the protocol, try to find out if the person has experienced anxiety for a longer period of time, and try to nip that in the bud so to speak, try to kind of get at the roots of that anxiety and maybe that in and of itself would alleviate the depression because the person would be back to functioning on a more efficient basis in their daily life. My name's John Bosworth and we are looking at what is anxiety depression.

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