Dealing With Mental Crises - What’s a Mental Health Emergency?

Depression and anxiety are two very different mood disorders with specific symptoms that can overlap. People experiencing depression will typically feel sad, have feelings of hopelessness, be lethargic, and have a lack of enthusiasm. Those with anxiety will have feelings of worry, dread or nervousness. It’s important to know that both can occur at the same time and the treatment is similar.

Everyone has feelings of anxiety or what’s known as the blues. It’s a normal response to a variety of situations. The feelings can surface after events such as the excitement of a purchase or before starting a new job. When those feelings persist for long periods, they can be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition.

There are multiple ways to address both conditions and its extremely important that individuals see a therapist to determine the best course of action. There are effective medications, stress-reducing techniques, and even lifestyle changes that can help. Many people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol for a temporary diversion, but both will make the situation worse and can significantly interfere with treatment.

Depression is a symptom of many types of diseases encompassing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, obesity and lupus. Some medications can also cause feelings of depression. Women and the elderly are at a higher risk of depression, along with people that feel socially isolated.

Anxiety is linked to fear and can be a highly complex issue to unravel. It’s a response to an anticipated event or situation. Anxiety can result from sources that can include childhood experiences, excessive stress, emotional or mental abuse, and family violence even if the individual wasn’t the recipient.

Speaking with a trained psychotherapist is the first step toward understanding depression, anxiety and their causes. Multiple therapies, techniques and medications are available to address both conditions. People experiencing either one can live a healthier life, but they must take the first step.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

 Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.