Depression & Anxiety Q&A
What is depression?
- Feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness
- Loss of self-worth
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Concentration issues
- Suicidal thoughts
Depression is fairly common. Approximately one in six people will experience depression at some point during their lives. It is more common in women than men and typically first develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.
What is anxiety?
Some of the symptoms associated with anxiety include:
- Intense fears or worries about an anticipated event or situation
- Heart palpitations
- Changes in appetite and sleep habits
What causes depression and anxiety?
The exact causes of depression and anxiety are unknown although there is a clear link with family history and genetics. There are also risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing depression and/or anxiety. These risk factors include:
- Family history of depression or anxiety
- Chemical imbalances in your brain
- Personality factors, like low self-esteem, pessimism, and stress
- Environmental factors, such as exposure to neglect, abuse, or poverty, especially during infancy and childhood
How are depression and anxiety treated?
Treatment for depression and anxiety typically includes a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Ideally, medication will help restore balance to your brain chemistry and relieve some of your symptoms. Therapy can help you focus on learning to recognize negative thought patterns and how to consciously respond to these thought patterns with healthier behaviors.
The doctor may also suggest changes to your diet and exercise habits. A healthy diet and regular exercise can often improve your symptoms and make your medication and therapy more effective.
If you are concerned about depression and anxiety, call our office to schedule an appointment.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Elkins Park Family Medicine is conveniently located at 7848 Old York Rd in Elkins Park, PA at the corner of Old York Rd. and Spring Ave. There is ample and handicapped accessible parking as well as a Septa bus stop directly in front of the office. The Elkins Park Train Station is two blocks from the office.
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