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How are Anxiety and Depression Related?

Betsy Chung, Clinical Psychologist, talks about anxiety and depression during COVID-19.

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During COVID, anxiety can definitely increase because we have so much more time to sit around and think and worry about things.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] Anxiety is our body's response to stress. Whenever we're faced with some sort of threat or pain,
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that anxiety is what comes up in order to protect us from that. Now, when we experience anxiety issues or anxiety problems,
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that's when we start to assign threat to things that are not necessarily threatening to us.
00:34
There's multiple ways that anxiety and depression are related. When we think that things aren't going to work for us, we're expecting the worst outcome,
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and so therefore, we're afraid to take action. One of the ways that you know that you have anxiety
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is that you are going to feel uneasy all the time, and you're going to have racing thoughts because your brain is trying to solve a problem for you.
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The way that we talk to ourselves, the way that we tell ourselves about certain problems very much impacts the way that we feel about it.
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The more that we think about things, the more problems that come up in our minds. And so that's going to kind of catapult us
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into starting to ruminate about problems. But the problem is is that if you don't stop yourself and you don't choose a solution, and you allow your brain
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to continue to think about all the worst-case scenarios, that's where anxiety really starts to hurt you.
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And we have this intense fear that if we make the wrong decision, that is going to be some sort of a catastrophe.
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And so it's really important to recognize those types of thoughts that you might be having, and-- you know, and your inability to, I guess,
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make decisions, the way that you used to. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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