Healthy Tahoe: Depression, Social Anxiety, What’s the Correlation?


Depression and social anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. About 6.8% of the American population is affected by social anxiety and about 6.7% of adults experience major depression each year.

Many men and women who struggle with social anxiety develop extreme fears of being around people; anxiety may be due to the possibility of judgment or failure. Ultimately, fear causes distress and leads these individuals to isolate themselves completely from others. This self-doubt can lead to the development of major depression.

Dr Wes Irwin

We usually see these two mental health disorders studied in isolation from each other, but a new study suggests they may be more interconnected than we think. According to a study from the University of Washington, there are symptoms of overlap, called “knots,” which bridge the gap between the two mental health disorders. The researcher and her team determined that the list of symptoms for bridge was as follows:



1. Feeling anxious about an embarrassing situation with a particular person – public figure or famous person, a stranger or a potential romantic relationship

2. Anxiety when you have to talk to one of the above people



3. An inability to feel happiness at all times, exemplified by not being “able” to feel joyful, happy, or the sensation of laughing

4. Irritability and bouts of extreme emotions

5. Intense feelings of depression, like there is no way out and, if there is, they don’t deserve it

6. Feeling of worthlessness – this is a key symptom of the bridge

7. Collapse under stress, feel like they are collapsing

Surprisingly, it wasn’t depression and social fear that were the two most interrelated symptoms. On the contrary, uselessness was the main symptom of crossbreeding. It’s not known whether social anxiety causes depression or vice versa, but researchers suggest that treating specific symptoms versus overall disorders could help create a more holistic sense of well-being.

If you are looking for advice on treating depression or anxiety, the first line of defense includes: talk therapy, antidepressants and other medications, and holistic treatments. Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, helps by giving patients a way to cope with symptoms, without medication. Holistic treatments can involve treatments like acupuncture or EFT tapping. However, if nothing else seems to be working, ketamine infusions can be the life-changing option you’re hoping for.

These infusions are administered in series, under medical supervision. They provide fast and effective relief from depressive symptoms, as well as symptoms of anxiety. In our patients, we’ve seen a 70% success rate – with lasting results for those with treatment-resistant depression.

Contact Tahoe Ketamine

Do you want to know more about what ketamine could do for you or a loved one? Please contact our Lake Tahoe Area Ketamine Clinic today for more information and to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Irwin is here to answer all of your questions, hoping to reduce your anxiety and depressive symptoms, and see you back on the path to a fulfilling life.

Dr Wes Irwin is the owner / operator of Tahoe Ketamine.


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