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When Do Anxiety and Depression Require Professional Help?

Your mental and emotional well-being is an important part of your overall health. If you have ongoing feelings of sadness or anxiety that make it difficult for you to go about your normal routine, it’s time to get professional help.

Anxiety and depression are two distinct mental health conditions that benefit from counseling services. At Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, in Hastings and Grand Island, Nebraska, our team includes a licensed mental health practitioner who provides personalized therapy that addresses your needs. 

Our primary care practitioners and counselor work together to make sure we provide the comprehensive care necessary to manage your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Here, we share more about when anxiety and depression require professional help.

Anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression are two distinct mental health conditions, but they often occur together. 

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, nervousness, and worry. It’s a normal reaction to stressful situations — your body’s way of helping you cope. Once the stress is gone, so is the anxiety. Unless you have an anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety disorders cause persistent and overwhelming feelings of fear and worry that interfere with daily life. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias, and panic disorder. 

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness that make it difficult for you to sleep, eat, and interact with others. Depression is common but serious. 

For example, it’s not unusual for women to have the “baby blues” after giving birth. But when your low mood or anxiety lasts more than two weeks following childbirth, you may have postpartum depression. Many women also experience mood changes during the months or years leading up to menopause.

When to get help

There’s never a wrong time to seek help when you’re struggling with issues that make you feel anxious or sad. At Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, we offer counseling services that provide the support and resources necessary to improve how you think and feel. 

Anxiety and depression require professional help when you have symptoms that last two or more weeks and interfere with your ability to function normally. You also need professional help for anxiety or depression if you have thoughts or harming yourself or someone else or thoughts of suicide or death.

We recommend getting professional help for postpartum depression and mood changes brought on by menopause. While depression may be common during these times in a woman’s life, understand that it’s not something you just have to endure. 

Treatment for anxiety and depression

With the right plan, you can recover from your anxiety and depression. We individualize care based on our diagnosis, your symptoms, and your medical and mental health history. Treatment for anxiety and depression may include psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, or both. 

Our mental health practitioners use various therapeutic methods to help you understand your anxiety and depression and develop tools to improve how you feel, think, and act. Our doctors work with our counselor and prescribe psychiatric medications to manage symptoms when appropriate. 

Are you feeling anxious or sad? You’re not alone, and our team of professionals can help. Call or request an appointment online at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, today.

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