Social Anxiety often leads to Depression
If having social anxiety isn’t bad enough imagine also suffering from depression. This is an unfortunate reality for most people who suffer from social anxiety. The lack of connections with others can lead to depression which sometimes kills any previous desire to interact with people. The withdrawal from social interactions in regards to SAD is due to fear of a negative outcome or judgement by others whereas with depression it is a withdrawal with respect to a lack of enjoyment.
What does depression feel like?
Depression is often characterized with feelings of worthlessness, despair, inferiority, incompetence, and hopelessness. People with depression often think to themselves: “I don’t deserve to be here”, “it doesn’t matter what I do”, “what’s the point of trying”, and “things will never get better”. The persistent feeling of sadness is often paired with loss of interest in activities and may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, or concentration.
Why hitting rock bottom can be a good thing
Adding depression on top of social anxiety makes life a lot more miserable. The only good thing is that it can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It can make someones life so miserable that it forces them to finally seek treatment. Unfortunately 36% of people who suffer from social anxiety disorder report symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking treatment. Due to the inherit nature of SAD it is probably one of the toughest things to seek treatment for as discussed here. It is not uncommon for those who suffer from social anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or the other way around. In fact nearly half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Those looking to get a handle on their social anxiety can look into this method.