What is anxiety?
- There are many forms and causes of anxiety from performance/test anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and many other forms.
- Anxiety can present psychologically in negative, invasive thoughts, and excessive worrying that affects daily function.
- Anxiety can present physically as elevated blood pressure and heart rate, sweating, nausea, dizziness, and poor sleep.
- These can all lead to impaired function – avoidance of social, occupation, and school functions, and decrease in performance.
What is the treatment for anxiety?
- Counseling/therapy: Treatment for low to moderate level of anxiety begins with counseling. The goal of counseling is to identify the triggers (cause) and build coping skills to improve stress tolerance.
- When anxiety level is too high, that anxiety level may impede counseling and can indicate a need for psychotropic medication.
- Medication: Several medications are indicated to alleviate anxiety symptoms.
- Due to regulations, we do not prescribe benzodiazepines in our practice.
What is depression?
- Symptoms of depression can include low energy and motivation, loss of interests, changes in appetite, weight, and sleep, low mood, and crying episodes. Sometimes the mood can present as irritability and sensitivity. Suicidal thoughts may be present.
- There are different levels of depression and lengths of depression.
- Some are able to be functional members in school and work while depressed, but that does not mean treatment is unnecessary. Functional does not mean optimal quality of life.
- Depressive episodes can last for 2 weeks to months and years rendering halting your goals and dreams.
What is the treatment for depression?
- Counseling/therapy: helps to get to the root of the situational depression and challenge those negative beliefs one holds about him/herself. A huge component of counseling is to increase your toolbox of coping skills and to build awareness of your mood in order to seek prompt professional help when an episode emerges.
- Medications are available to depression. We will discuss all options, weigh the pros and cons to select the best plan for you.