Managing mental health and mental health treatments

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 adults will experience depression and it affects 16 million adults in the US every year. Depression can affect anyone, from any background, at any age.

Mental health

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 adults will experience depression and it affects 16 million adults in the US every year. Depression can affect anyone, from any background, at any age. 

For many people with depression, anxiety may also be experienced. 

What is depression?

  • Depression is "more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed".  (CDC)

Mental Health Conditions: Depression and Anxiety

 

What is anxiety?

  • Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure” (APA).
  • People with anxiety disorders may have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat." Anxiety - American Psychological Association.

 

Depression and anxiety treatment:

Like many other health conditions, depression and anxiety can be treated. When left untreated can have devastating effects on the person's life and livelihood.

In the many cases therapy, medication or both are effective in alleviating symptoms. Like any condition, it's important to keep in contact with your care team to ensure the treatment plan is working. Ask about the expected length of treatment and when you should expect to see changes. 

If you notice new or worsening symptoms, tell your care team right away. 


Do you need immediate help? If you, or the person you care for, are having thoughts about hurting or killing themselves, seek immediate help. 

Some resources include: 

Other options to consider: 

  • If you have a mental health provider, contact them right away.
  • Contact a close friend or family member.


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