Anxiety can cause severe hardships on life, which can lead to depression. People with anxiety often report that they feel like they are “going crazy” and they aren’t in control of their life. This can lead to a doomed, dismal outlook that can result in depression.
Anxiety can prevent a person from adequately dealing with stress, which means it can build up and become a major part of his or her life. Too much stress can cause lasting detrimental health effects, including:
- lowered immune system, which can lead to sickness and infection
- increased risk of heart disease
- sleep disturbances
- teeth grinding
- digestive problems
Another common complication with anxiety is self-medication with alcohol or drugs. As anxiety is often hard to cope with, some people will often turn to alcohol or drug use to manage stress. Overeating can also be a form of self-medication.
Depression and substance abuse increases a person’s risk of suicide. Without proper help, a person with anxiety and depression can begin to feel alone, helpless, and doomed. These can all lead to suicide.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression, or has spoken of suicide, it’s important to get proper help.