Anxiety and depression are two of the most common behavioral conditions. Though they can make daily life challenging, with diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to manage uncomfortable symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. At Generations Family Practice, the team of family medicine providers treats anxiety and depression in people of all ages. To make an appointment, call the practice in Cary, North Carolina, or click the online booking feature today.
Anxiety and depression affect your mental health, including your mood and behavior. They are frequently mentioned together, but there are distinct differences:
Anxiety is your nervous system’s response to a threat. Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, but if your symptoms occur daily or they interfere with your ability to work or spend time with friends, you might have an anxiety disorder.
Depression causes long-term feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Without early intervention and treatment, it can result in fatigue, chronic pain, and loss of interest in activities you used to love.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression include:
As these conditions get worse, you might also experience panic attacks or recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
Make an appointment with the team at Generations Family Practice if you experience feelings of fear or sadness daily. That’s especially true if your symptoms upset you, are difficult to control, result in suicidal thoughts, or lead to the abuse of alcohol, illicit drugs, or other substances.
To diagnose anxiety and depression, your Generations Family Practice provider asks about your symptoms and reviews your physical and psychological medical records.
Next, your provider conducts a complete physical exam. They also order laboratory tests, including blood work and urinalysis, to rule out underlying conditions that might cause similar symptoms, like a hormonal imbalance or a nutritional deficiency.
Last, your provider performs a psychological evaluation. They ask you about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, have you fill out a questionnaire, and ask various questions about your lifestyle, including how often you drink, if you get enough sleep, and whether you exercise.
Your provider uses all of that information to make an official diagnosis.
Treatment of anxiety and depression depends on various factors, including your age, medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, the team at Generations Family Practice recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, counseling (talk therapy), and prescription medication.
If you experience anxiety or depression, make an appointment at Generations Family Practice by calling the office or booking online.