Depression & Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society. They  are often experienced as a complex set of emotional and functional challenges.


The science of mind-body medicine helps us understand the ongoing connection between the mind and body and see how anxiety and depression may be triggered by a variety of factors. These can include nutritional, psychological, physical, emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual factors, as well as genetic tendencies or brain disease. While we often hear about a biochemical cause, meaning that certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters are out of balance, it is not clear if the level of neurotransmitters is the actual cause of anxiety and depression, or simply a symptom that a person is anxious or depressed.


Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they often occur together. It is not uncommon for people with depression to experience anxiety and people with anxiety to become depressed. There is also overlap in some of the treatments, so it is beneficial to learn about both conditions.


What is Depression?

Depression is a common disorder, affecting over 350 million people worldwide. It is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person's , sleeping and eating habits as well as disrupting family, work, or school life.


What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is typically characterized by low energy and mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.


Symptoms include:


· Sleep disorders (too much or too little)

· Shifts in appetite and weight (too much or too little)

· Irritability or anxiety

· Chronic physical symptoms, including pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, etc.

· Loss of energy and fatigue

· Feelings of persistent sadness, guilt, hopelessness, or loss of self-worth

· Thinking difficulties, such as memory loss, challenges concentrating or making decisions

· Thoughts of death or suicide


What is Anxiety?

Anxiety may be a normal reaction to stress, and it can serve as a prompt to deal with difficult situations. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.


What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Anxiety disorder is characterized by emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms that create an unpleasant feeling that is typically described as uneasiness, fear, or worry. The worry is frequently accompanied by physical symptoms, especially:


· Fatigue

· Headaches

· Muscle tension and/ or aches

· Difficulty swallowing

· Trembling

· Twitching

· Irritability

· Sweating

· Hot Flashes


Emotional symptoms include:


· Fear

· Racing thoughts

· Feelings of impending doom


People suffering from anxiety often withdraw and seek to avoid people or certain places

How can we treat Depression & Anxiety?

After a lengthy consultation, we will determine the best course of action.  As these issues are varied and may be caused by underlying conditions, we will tailor a treatment plan that will help bring peace to your life!





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