Occasional sadness and anxiety are normal feelings, but if they chronically interfere with your daily life and relationships, it may be time to seek professional help. At Anchor Care in Green Brook, New Jersey, Adetutu Ogunmefun, DNP, offers treatment for depression and anxiety to help you manage symptoms and prevent long-term impact on your well-being. If you or a loved one needs assistance with depression and anxiety, call today or use this website to book an appointment.
Depression and anxiety often occur together, but they are still unique conditions.
Depression is the presence of persistent sadness and hopelessness that causes you to lose enthusiasm for activities that once interested you. Depression can affect your sleep, emotional health, relationships, and how you think. It’s more than a case of the “blues.”
Anxiety causes intense feelings of worry and fear about certain events or situations. You may find anxiety makes it difficult to focus on daily activities and can even cause you to avoid certain situations.
It’s normal to feel anxious before a big event, like a test or big work presentation, but regular feelings of anxiety can interfere with your ability to enjoy and function in daily life. Symptoms include:
Severe anxiety can lead to panic attacks during which you experience a rapid heartbeat, sweating, or uncontrollable muscle shaking.
Depression can occur alongside anxiety, which is characterized by feelings of sadness and unworthiness. Depression causes you to withdraw from others, have unfounded guilt, and sleep excessively or insufficiently.
Depression and anxiety have biochemical and environmental causes. You may have depression and anxiety due to:
Some medications have the side effect of causing anxiety and depression. Dr. Ogunmefun can help uncover the root cause of your particular mental health issues and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Dr. Ogunmefun often recommends lifestyle changes first to help ease the anxiety or depression. An improved diet and regular exercise routine can dramatically improve your symptoms. She may also help you by prescribing antianxiety and antidepressant medications.
Behavioral and cognitive therapy can also help reformulate your thought patterns to avoid negative thoughts. Dr. Ogunmefun also enlists family and friends to offer you support and accountability in times of troubling thoughts.
If your depression and anxiety causes you to self-medicate with alcohol or addictive substances, she helps you reduce your dependence on these substances through compassionate guidance and support.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with depression and anxiety, call the Anchor Care office in Green Brook, New Jersey, or use this website to book an appointment today.