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Do I Have Anxiety, Depression, or Both?

Experiencing symptoms of a mental illness can feel overwhelming and even scary. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Amr. Beltagui, MD, understands your concerns when it comes to mental health issues.

Dr. Beltagui offers comprehensive care for a variety of conditions, including anxiety and depression. He can also help you uncover which condition you have when your symptoms seem confusing.

Understanding anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues. Anxiety affects more than 40 million adults in the United States, while depressive symptoms occur in more than 16 million Americans.

The two conditions differ from each other but often occur simultaneously.

Anxiety

An anxiety disorder is characterized by constant feelings of excessive worry or fear about circumstances, events, or personal issues.

While anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress, persistent feelings of worry may be an indication you have an anxiety disorder. People experience symptoms like a racing heart, sweating, and intrusive thoughts that range from mild to life-altering and last for six months or longer.

Generalized anxiety disorder is a common anxiety condition, though there are multiple types of disorders that fall under the anxiety category, including:

Phobias are also a type of anxiety disorder that involve an intense and persistent fear of specific objects, places, situations, or people that produce severe anxiety.

Depression

Depression is a disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. While many people feel mild episodes of depression following a traumatic or distressing event, those with a major depressive disorder feel down for two weeks or longer and are unable to lift their mood on their own.

Without treatment, depression can lead to thoughts or actions of self-harm and suicide. Many people with anxiety or depression also turn to alcohol and drugs to numb their feelings and help them better cope with ongoing depressive symptoms.

If you suffer from depression, you may also be more likely to experience chronic feelings of anxiety. If you live with anxiety, you can become depressed about the impact your condition has on your quality of life.

Exploring treatments for anxiety and depression

Based on your symptoms and your overall medical history, Dr. Beltagui can determine which condition you’re dealing with so you can begin receiving the treatment you deserve.

Interestingly, the treatment plans for both anxiety and depression are quite similar. Dr. Beltagui uses a combination of psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medications to end the intrusive thoughts, improve your mood, and give you your self-confidence back.

Together with important lifestyle changes, like getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet, these treatments can help you conquer your symptoms of depression and/or anxiety and stay in control of them in the long term.

It’s important that you seek medical attention for persistent worry or sadness to prevent a worsening of your condition and potential self-harm. Dr. Beltagui works closely with you in therapy to help you recognize how depression and anxiety interfere with your life and how you can continue to manage your condition successfully.

To learn more about your treatment options for depression or an anxiety disorder, contact the office of Amr Beltagui, MD, at 424-234-1921 or through the online booking system today.

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