Anxiety and depression are words that get thrown around fairly casually. Plenty of people interchange anxiety with nervousness or depression with sadness. But there’s a significant difference between feeling nervous or sad and dealing with a diagnosable condition like generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder.
If either of those common mental health conditions affects you, help is waiting here at Ascension Psychiatric Services in Fayetteville, Georgia. Anthony J. Hall, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, and our team offer dedicated treatment for both anxiety and depression, helping you get control of your symptoms and build a toolbox for a more mentally healthy life.
How do you know when you should seek out professional help? If you’ve been wondering that, you’ve come to the right place.
Knowing when to get professional help starts with determining if you think you have a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition. That means knowing the symptoms.
Let’s start with anxiety. This isn’t just feeling nervous sometimes. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) means you regularly experience symptoms like:
If you go through life constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop or dreading some unknown bad thing ahead, you might be dealing with GAD.
Anxiety can also take other forms, like panic disorder — which causes panic attacks — or social anxiety disorder. If your anxiety symptoms flare in certain situations, talk with us and we can help you determine which type of anxiety disorder may be affecting you.
Depression can cause sadness, of course, but it’s just as often marked by a loss of interest in things you cared about before. Other symptoms can include:
If you feel unhappy or numb but don’t know why, it could be depression — especially if that feeling lasts a couple of weeks or longer.
If you’re still not sure you have a mental health condition that warrants professional help, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to more than one of those questions, professional help could make a big difference. Our team personalizes a treatment plan for you. This might include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management techniques, or anything else that would help you feel better.
Ultimately, if you’re experiencing symptoms, a conversation with a mental health professional can’t hurt. To talk with our team about how we can help you, call our office or book an appointment online today.