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Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders. The two disorders often will overlap. It’s not uncommon to suffer two or more anxiety disorders concurrently.

 

Depression will affect 9.5 percent of all American adults. Women are nearly twice as likely to suffer from major depression than men. The average age of Americans that will develop depression is 20. 

An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults develop an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

 

Anxiety disorders affect 31.9% of adolescents between 13 and 18 years old. Untreated teens are more likely to perform poorly in school and engage in substance abuse.

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Types of Depression

 

There are several types of depression, each with its own treatment plan.

  • Major Depressive Disorder. This is the official name for clinical depression. If a person suffers from depression symptoms for longer than two weeks, they may be diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder. This is a type of depression that is present more often than not for at least two years.

  • Bipolar Disorder.  This is a mood disorder that includes mania, an abnormally elevated mood.

  • Postpartum Depression. Hormonal shifts after pregnancy cause mood shifts and depressive episodes for longer than two weeks postpartum.

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Often described by patients as PMS on steroids, premenstrual dysphoric disorder strikes during the luteal phase right after ovulation until the early days of the menstrual cycle.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder. If winter gives you the blues, you may have seasonal affective disorder triggered by a disturbance in the normal circadian rhythm of the body. from a loss in daylight.

  • Atypical Depression. 


 

Symptoms of depression

 

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in your activities

  • Weight loss or gain

  • Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day

  • Feeling restless and agitated, or else very sluggish and slowed down physically or mentally

  • Being tired and without energy

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions

  • Thoughts of suicide

 

If you are feeling suicidal and need immediate help, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 

Types of Anxiety

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder. An anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. An anxiety disorder is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning.

  • Panic disorder. An anxiety disorder is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear in the form of panic attacks.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. An anxiety disorder can develop after exposure to a terrifying and traumatic event.

  • Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder. An anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety in everyday social situations.

 

Symptoms of Anxiety

 

  • Panic or anxiety attacks or a fear of these attacks

  • Physical anxiety reactions – for example trembling, sweating, faintness, rapid heartbeat, difficulties breathing, or nausea

  • Avoidance behavior

 

Anxiety Treatment

Recovery from an anxiety disorder is possible with the right treatment and support. Effective treatments for anxiety disorders may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – aims to change patterns of thinking, beliefs, and behaviors that may trigger anxiety.

  • Exposure therapy – involves gradually exposing a person to situations that trigger anxiety using a fear hierarchy: this is called systematic desensitization.

  • Anxiety management and relaxation techniques – for example, deep muscle relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, and counseling.

  • Medication – this may include antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

 

If any of the above symptoms or descriptions relate to you, call now to make an appointment with one of our therapists.  Spectrum Healthcare is here to help you!

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