Hi hopeful, Everyone is differant...I have had depression with PTSD for many years, I would say since I was a teenager at least. It wasnt until about 3 years ago that I had my first panic attack, it was after I was given a Sol-Medrol infusion for my MS. It was the worst thing I have ever felt. My doctor gave me a script for Xanax and said he thought it was med induced and it would go away. Well it never did...I continued to have panic attacks and almost constant anxiety.
There are quite a few people who have depression that also have anxiety. It pretty much goes hand in hand. As does Panic/Anxiety, how could it not cause depression? But they are two differant illnesses, diagnoses that are treated differantly. I hope this helps...
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I think depression is a side effect, a result, of other unresolved negative emotions, and therefore goes hand-in-hand with most, if not all, of them. Unabated anxiety, fear, anger, chronic physical illness or pain, trauma, obsessions, resentment, etc ... even unspecified or situational issues and concerns ... and Depression.
When we feel burdoned, unable to cope, unable to change or manipulate our environment/relationships/life situation; our chemistry changes. It's not fight or flight anymore, it's sit and suffer. No hope. No light at the end of the tunnel. Just stuck.
Therapy can help us get a handle on underlying causes and deal with them. Medication can alter the chemistry so we can have the strength to make changes regarding bothersome issues. In both cases, we can regain the confidence to meet what life has dealt us. Depression then "lifts'" we have more positive days than negative, defeated days.
Short answer to short question... Yes, they often go hand in hand.