Anxiety and Depression Treatment
Anxiety and depression are two different mental health conditions that can occur simultaneously, and fortunately, they have a similar treatment regime. It is normal to be anxious at times from stressful situations, but chronic or ongoing feelings of anxiety and depression can be a sign of an underlying mental health condition.
Keep in mind that anxiety can occur as a symptom of major depression. In addition to that, depression can be triggered by anxiety disorders such as Panic Disorder, Separation Disorder, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Both of these conditions can be successfully managed with both medication and counseling.
GuruMD offers care for anxiety and depression right from the comfort of your home, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional.
Anxiety and Depression: What Are They?
Since both anxiety and depression are different types of disorders, it’s essential to differentiate them. Depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance, such as low serotonin levels in the brain. It can lead to various symptoms of fatigue, suicidal thoughts, lack of concentration, lack of appetite, sadness, and guilt for over two weeks.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is a constant state of worry and panic. If an individual is continuously worrying about various aspects of their life for more than six months, then that is considered Generalized Anxiety Disorder. But if the individual feels a sudden onset of anxiousness, heart pounding, sweating, racing thoughts, and impending doom, then that would be Panic Disorder, which is a form of anxiety.
Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Common symptoms of anxiety are:
- Constant worrying
- Difficulty handling uncertainty
- Inability to relax
- Difficulty concentrating
The symptoms of depression are:
- Suicide ideation
- Loss of interest
- Loss of energy
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Psychomotor issues
- Trouble Sleeping
How Does GuruMD Treat Anxiety and Depression?
At GuruMD, we offer online advice and treatment plans for patients with anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of anxiety and depression, you can speak with our board-certified providers online. Register and visit with a doctor right on the app.
Our board-certified professionals can interview and conduct the proper assessment of the issue. First, our healthcare providers will check the medication list. Keep in mind that medication side effects can lead to anxiety and depression. If the doctor pinpoints a particular medication, then they will need to prescribe an alternative treatment or lower the dosage. Another diagnostic strategy is to initiate a blood or urine test to look for underlying medical conditions that can result in anxiety and depression. The doctor may also ask you questions about stressors in your life to determine if there are any environmental factors that may be causes.
After everything is ruled out, the healthcare provider can start asking the patient psychological questions to determine the diagnosis. When it comes to mental disorders, it’s essential to know how long the patients have the symptoms, what kind of symptoms they have, and if the symptoms are constant or intermittent. With this information, the doctor will be able to differentiate between anxiety and depression.
Fortunately, these two mental illnesses require the same treatment. You will be prescribed a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), which is the drug of choice for treating depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, this medication takes 4 to 6 weeks to work, so the patient needs to come back for a follow up to ensure that they have optimal results. If the SSRI is ineffective, then alternative medications such as Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI), Buproprione, and other medications can also be beneficial.
Are you experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.