Anxiety And Depression Specialist

Bethesda Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Bethesda, MD

When you have anxiety and depression, it can affect every aspect of your life, including your work and your most important relationships. The providers at Bethesda Immediate Care of Bethesda, Maryland, understand that anxiety and depression are often difficult to manage. They offer compassionate, quality care that helps you regain a sense of well-being and get back to enjoying your life. For a consultation, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What are anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions that can affect your motivation, outlook, and close relationships. Both can significantly affect how you feel, think, behave, and handle daily activities.

Depression causes feelings of hopelessness and sadness. Anxiety refers to persistent fear, worry, or apprehension. Everyone experiences each of these to a certain degree, but when the feelings are constant and affect your quality of life, treatment is important.

Both children and adults can suffer from anxiety and depression. Severe forms of these conditions can cause suicidal thoughts, poor health, developmental delays, and poor quality of life.

While anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, they are not the same thing. Your family care provider treats them as separate problems, though many of their symptoms are similar, and treating one may help improve the other.

What causes anxiety and depression?

The answer to this question is not easy and is different for everyone. Underlying causes of your anxiety or depression may be physical, emotional, mental, or a combination of all of these.

Some physical causes include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Chronic pain or health issues
  • Chemical imbalance
  • Side effects of medications
  • Alcohol or recreational drug use
  • Genetics or family history
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause
  • Obesity

Emotional and mental causes include:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief or loss of a loved one
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Neglect or abandonment by parent or spouse
  • Major life changes, including divorce or a move
  • Stressful job or lifestyle

Understanding the potential causes of your anxiety and depression could help you and your provider find a treatment plan that works well for you.

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are often seen together because one of them often leads to the other. While similar, they are not the same thing.

They have common symptoms, which include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Poor sleep quality

Depression usually causes a feeling of apathy, sadness, and hopelessness, while anxiety typically produces feelings of panic, restlessness, and being hyped-up.

What are treatment options for anxiety and depression?

Your provider at Bethesda Immediate Care is committed to helping you find a treatment plan that works well for you. They tailor your plan of care to your underlying causes and offer treatments and referrals for treatments, that may include:

  • Antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications
  • Hormone therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight-loss counseling
  • Exercise programs
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy

Bethesda Immediate Care offers compassionate support as you overcome anxiety and depression and get back to living your best life.

For a consultation regarding your anxiety and depression, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.