The Relationship between Social Anxiety and Depression


Social anxiety involves making
predictions for the future, predictions about the future, dreading
things and then developing patterns of avoidance. And really that’s true for other
anxiety problems as well – “I dread something, I fear something about
the future and then I develop behavioral patterns
that keep me stuck. And usually they’re about avoidance or escape and so for that reason there is a great
deal of comorbidity – that means overlap. If I have social
anxiety disorder I have a 50 percent chance of having another
anxiety problem or depression. And and depression is especially likely
because when I have social anxiety
disorder and I’m tempted to avoid meeting new people and going out and
doing some other things that might give me meaningful significant
relationships with other people and important experiences that I could
have and enjoy and then I start missing out on those
experiences because I’ve that avoidance. Then I’m at greater risk above becoming
really depressed when I have some kind of setback happen in my life. So, I’m not out there in the kind of
environments that would give me positives that would help me bounce back from the
setbacks and negative things that would happen to me. So I’m at greater risk of getting really quite depressed.

21 thoughts on “The Relationship between Social Anxiety and Depression

  1. asking for help isn't easy. not all family or friends could understand. some ppl can make it worse. especially with anxiety.

  2. Hope this helps too
    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/g200907/help-from-the-god-of-comfort/#?insight[search_id]=944f1301-e99b-4c90-b6c0-9fd45d843b4b&insight[search_result_index]=4

  3. I've been feeling depressed lately at the fact of old friends and my old house I lived half of my life in. We moved 6 months ago and every now and then I'll get a dream just to taunt me, they make no sense but I'll explain one I had last night. I was at my old school and some of my old classmates were there, and my teacher came out of no where and said I got held back and have to be with my old class again, weird since we were in the same grade obviously. Whenever I get a dream like that it haunts me for days. And for missing my house, I miss it because it's when I was actually happy and had friends, I shut everyone from school out of my life when I started homeschooling in the beginning of 4th grade, I got to the point where I had to pretend to be sick for mom to pick me up at the end of the day instead of riding the bus, just couldn't do it. I had 2 friends that constantly came over to my house because I was allergic to their pets. I wouldn't really call one of them my friend when I left the school because he found a new "best friend", and for the other one, he was the classic sensitive kid in the class. He lived only a street away and we'd ride bikes on his street. My mom keeps telling me that he wants to hook up with me again but I'm just too nervous too, because he knows about my anxiety and I just don't want to talk about it. I remember when my grandfather died and he came over the next day and only mentioned it once, and it was just awkward. What triggered me to miss my past today is something really dumb, a ping pong paddle. I found it in the basement and it brought back so many memories of it and how much me and my friends played in our oversized unfinished basement, it was basically a jungle jim to our 10 year old minds. So here I am in the 8th grade, doing terrible at school and thinking of how I'll never succeed at life or even get to do my dream job. I never tell anyone in depressed and if they ask I deny it. We've been to multiple therapists but I just can't sit in a chair for an hour because I feel like I'm going to throw up the whole time, I also believe I may have emetophobia. Long story short, what I'm saying is that the simplest things trigger me to go into a phase of depression, and right when I get out of one, I enter another. Can anyone recommend what I should do? Ps: I should also mention I have had thoughts of suicide, but would never do it, I have anxiety of bad things happening to my body

  4. Guys, completely stop your social anxiety doesn't have to be difficult (I used to think it did). I'll give you some advice right now. Search program called Atoractove Secrets (do a google search). Seriously, I finally eliminated my social anxiety problem for good by using Atoractove Secrets.

  5. Im sick and tired of people. People look at depression and social anxiety as a beautiful thing that makes you special. It's not beautiful. It's like a monster that follows you around destroying yourself only to realize you're the one controlling that monster then to realize that monster is part of you. Please stop posting those pictures of being "depressed" or having"social anxiety". You're only making the people who actually have these disorders look like attention seekers.

  6. Hi there, have you considered Atoractove Secrets yet? Simply just do a google search engine search. On there you will find a great tips about how exactly you can end your social anxiety safely. Why don't you give it a shot? perhaps it can work for you too.

  7. Guys, completely stop your social anxiety
    doesn't have to be hard (I used to think it did). I'll give you some
    advice right now. Look for program called Atoractove Secrets (just
    google it). Seriously, I finally eliminated my social anxiety problem
    for good by using Atoractove Secrets.

  8. Many thanks, I've been looking for "panic attack support groups" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Supreme Panic Magic – (search on google ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my buddy got amazing success with it.

  9. When I meet someone I wish I could just tell them that there is more to me than my silence. That I have a fun life , but social anxiety takes it over. I can’t go to parties because I’m too scared I’ll embarrass myself. I always ask my mom to order my food at restaurants because I don’t want to mess up or the waiter to think my voice is annoying . I never ask questions in school because I don’t want the students to think I’m stupid. Social anxiety revolves around my head, I can’t control my thoughts , my thoughts control me. Social anxiety has taken over my life.
    When I get anxious I pick my lips until they bleed. I do this because I want the anxiety to go away , I want it to get out of my head ,but I can’t stop it. I feel like I have a devil in my mind, taking over what I do. It chooses what I want to do next or what I want to do with my life. Because of my social anxiety I have become depressed. I don’t do any sports , clubs, or anything. I feel like life has no meaning. I mean we’re all going to die in the end. It could be tomorrow or next month. All the work I have done in my life won’t matter in the end. It will all go to waste.
    Being depressed isn’t fun. It makes every day miserable. I compare myself to others 24/7 . I stare at myself in the mirror and wait for the feedback. “I hate my thighs” , I say. “I hate being stupid” ,I say as the devil inside of me controls my thoughts. I have very loving parents that always say that I can tell them anything. But if I told my parents about what I was going through , even though they would understand, I just can’t get myself to do it. I can’t push myself to even tell my understanding parents how I’m feeling. I wish I can just get myself out into the world without a worry or fear. I wish I could read this to my parents. I wish I can get better

  10. i think my depression is because of my social anxiety , if i didnt have social anxiety i dont think i would be depressed

  11. Sometimes I worry about the dumbest things like how I walk, how I say words and how I talk. I’m fluent in English so it’s not that I’m bad at taking or pronouncing words it’s just the fact that I feel like people are silently judging every little thing I do.

  12. I've had bouts of depression for 26 years. I've had social anxiety for 26 years but for the last 5 years after I went through a trauma, its really bad. I can't cope seeing anybody. Today I've slept in bed all day.😳

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