What is anxiety?
Anxiety and depression are often grouped together, but are very different health conditions. It’s normal to experience occasional anxiety due to normal life stresses. If anxiety interferes with your daily function, however, you may have a generalized anxiety disorder that requires medical care.
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
Difficulty concentrating due to worry and “worst-case” thinking are other signs of anxiety. Anxiety can lead to panic attacks, too. You may also experience physical responses to anxiety that include nervousness, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, trouble sleeping, serious muscle tension, and sweating.
Who is susceptible to anxiety?
People of all ages can suffer from anxiety disorders. Individuals with anxiety disorders have personalities that are just more susceptible to spiraling out of control when faced with life stresses. Causes of disorders can be:
Anxiety is common, so don’t avoid seeking help. You can benefit from counseling, lifestyle changes, and maybe even medications.
What is depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you behave, think, and feel. Persistent feelings of sadness, low energy, and loss of interest characterize the condition. Suspect that you may have depression if you experience any of the following symptoms for two weeks or longer:
Sometimes, depression shows up as physical problems, such as headaches and back pain.
Do I need to seek medical care for depression?
Depression isn’t just a case of the blues or a bad mood that you can snap out of. It’s a chemical imbalance that requires treatment, such as long-term talk therapy and antidepressant medications to put you back into balance. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, the doctors meet with you to thoroughly review your mental and physical health. They discuss your work environment, social support systems, and medical history.
If you suffer from mood disorders that interfere with your quality of life, call the office or book your appointment using the online tool for compassionate, effective support and care.