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Shame: The Other Emotion in Depression & Anxiety

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Psychologists have identified anywhere between 6 and 10 basic emotions experienced by humans. The American psychologist Paul Ekman who developed an “atlas of emotions” mapping more than 10,000 facial expressions, identified six universal or “primary” emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise.

It will come as a surprise to no one that the primary emotion in depression is sadness and in anxiety fear. However, many people with one of those disorders experience an excess of both emotions.

It is estimated that at least 85% of people with major depression also experience serious anxiety symptoms, while symptoms of depressed mood occur in 75% or more of people with an anxiety disorder.

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