We all feel sad and down at times. It is a problem when feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depression, or anxiety are lasting for long periods of time. Our health and well-being will start taking a toll and impacting our job, relationships, and overall lifestyle. These episodes can be triggered by life events such as financial, relationship, or family problems. Below are descriptions of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders to help you determine which condition you may be experiencing.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at different points in their life especially when having problems, under pressure to make an important decision, or facing an unfamiliar situation.
Over 19 million adults in America suffer high level of anxiety which dramatically affects their daily life.
Anxiety may be aggravated by certain chemicals, toxins, environmental stresses, nutritional deficiencies, chemical/hormonal imbalances.
Common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- Ritualistic behaviors
- Feelings of panic, fear, uneasiness
- Obsessive thoughts that are uncontrollable
- Muscle tension
- Inability to stay still or be calm
Anxiety disorders can be classified as the following: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.
The treatment depends on what type of anxiety the person is experiencing and the underlying root cause of the anxiety. By combining therapies such as dietary and lifestyle changes, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation and massage therapy, anxiety can be dramatically lessened.
Feelings of hopelessness, never-ending sadness, and helplessness that lasts for multiple days to weeks and keeps a person from living a healthy life is major depression. It may stem from work, home, or social problems.
Over 15 million Americans suffer a type of major depression, classified as chronic mild-to-moderate depression (a.k.a., dysthymia), major depression, bipolar depression, seasonal depression (a.k.a., SAD), psychotic depression, postpartum depression, or substance-induced mood disorder (SIMD).
Common signs of depression are either having a depressed mood or loss of interest in enjoyable activities typically engaged in every day to every few days, and lasting a minimum of two weeks. Other signs include:
- Troubles concentrating
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or hopelessness
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping patterns
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Aches or pains, cramps, headaches, or GI problems that persist even after treatment
- Sad or anxious
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Although depression can be debilitating, it is treatable. By understanding the root cause of depression, a personalized treatment plan can be defined which remarkably helps lessen the depression.
Call our office today so that we can help guide you on how to effectively treat your anxiety or depression.