Anxiety and Depression: What you need to know
By Jacqueline Chan D.O.
June 09, 2020
Tags: Depression   Anxiety  

While anxiety and depression are two different mental health conditions, they typically occur together. Yes, having the blues and feeling down sometimes is completely normal. Likewise, everybody feels anxious about something now and then is a very normal response to nerve-wracking and stressful situations. Ongoing and severe feelings of anxiety or depression, however, could indicate an underlying mental health condition.

This means that proper diagnosis and prompt treatment are immensely vital. Here at Jacqueline Chan D.O., your holistic medicine physician, Dr. Jacqueline Chan, can build an individualized and holistic treatment plan to manage your depression and anxiety, during your consultation in our Larkspur, CA, or San Rafael, CA, office.

Understanding Anxiety

Put simply, anxiety is so much more than just feeling overly worried or stressed out about something. For individuals with an anxiety disorder, getting their anxious feelings under control is extremely challenging. It is a debilitating mental health disorder that typically makes it very difficult for an individual to cope with normal daily stresses.

Anxiety comes in many different types and it’s crucial to point out that many individuals suffering from anxiety can have symptoms of multiple kinds of anxiety.

Understanding Depression

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that negatively impacts an individual’s mental and physical health. Although we all feel low, moody, sad, and sluggish from time to time, for individuals who are depressed, they feel these feelings so intensely and just can’t “snap out of it” like a lot of individuals can. Additionally, they might feel these intense feelings from weeks to years, and might not even know the source of their depression.

The Link Between Anxiety Disorder and Depression

In most cases, anxiety develops as a symptom of individuals with major or clinical depression. It's also common for an anxiety disorder like separation anxiety, panic disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder to trigger depression. This is why plenty of individuals that we help here in our Larkspur, CA, and San Rafael, CA, offices are commonly diagnosed with both disorders.

Getting Proper Support for Depression and Anxiety

Obtaining proper treatment for depression and/or anxiety usually requires the support and love of friends and family. That being said, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for these disorders, which means that what might work for your friend might not necessarily work for you as well.

Likewise, different types of depression and anxiety will require different treatment types. The most vital thing to keep in mind is that help is available when you’re ready and that you need to find the most suitable treatment plan that will be most effective for your particular circumstances.

For Advice or Concerns About Anxiety and Depression, Please Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us

You can reach Jacqueline Chan D.O. to arrange a consultation with Dr. Jacqueline Chan by calling our Larkspur, CA, office at (415) 945-3213 and our San Rafael, CA, office at (415) 785-8652.

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