What are anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions that can affect your motivation, outlook, and close relationships. Both can significantly affect how you feel, think, behave, and handle daily activities.
Depression causes feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Anxiety refers to persistent fear, worry, or apprehension. Everyone experiences each of these to a certain degree, but when the feelings are constant and affect your quality of life, treatment is important.
Both children and adults can suffer from anxiety and depression. Severe forms of these conditions can cause suicidal thoughts, poor health, developmental delays, and poor quality of life.
While anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, they are not the same thing. Your family care provider treats them as separate problems, though many of their symptoms are similar, and treating one may help improve the other.
What causes anxiety and depression?
The answer to this question is not easy and is different for everyone. Underlying causes of your anxiety or depression may be physical, emotional, mental, or a combination of all of these.
Some physical causes include:
Emotional and mental causes include:
Understanding the potential causes of your anxiety and depression could help you and your provider find a treatment plan that works well for you.
What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression are often seen together because one of them often leads to the other. While similar, they are not the same thing.
They have common symptoms, which include:
Depression usually causes a feeling of apathy, sadness, and hopelessness, while anxiety typically produces feelings of panic, restlessness, and being hyped-up.
What are treatment options for anxiety and depression?
Your provider at Bethesda Immediate Care is committed to helping you find a treatment plan that works well for you. They tailor your plan of care to your underlying causes and offer treatments and referrals for treatments, that may include:
Bethesda Immediate Care offers compassionate support as you overcome anxiety and depression and get back to living your best life.
For a consultation regarding your anxiety and depression, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.