A Nurse Practitioner’s Perspective on Mental Health

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blog From The Experts | 0 comments

 

What are Some Causes of Depression and Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety are very common in the US. High stress with work, family commitments, or pressure to instantly respond with social media are just a few common causes. Anxiety with overwhelming worry and difficulty letting the worry go can be very uncomfortable physically and can interfere with normal functioning.

 

How to Handle Depression and Anxiety

If you have depression or anxiety that is affecting your day-to-day life (for example: your sleeping or eating habits are disrupted, you are struggling to manage daily tasks at work or home that you didn’t have trouble with before, you feel like your relationships with family, friends, or coworkers are becoming strained, or you are having physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches that do not have medical causes), the key to recovery is to learn strategies for managing the anxiety and depression in combination with medication for stabilizing the symptoms.

 

You Need a Team

It’s important to have professionals on your team who are on the same page for your care. Your counselor and prescriber should be coordinating together to make sure you are getting what you need. Your prescriber should follow you closely to monitor your medications, symptoms, and adjust your dosages to fit you. There are many medications that are non-addictive; prescribed to help you feel better so you can utilize what you learn in counseling and build on your strengths to cope with life’s changes and challenges. Many people have never been on medications for issues like this, so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to talk to your prescriber about your concerns or fears. Worries and fears are part of anxiety and addressing the concerns is essential to a positive outcome. If you are currently taking medication for anxiety or depression but you are still experiencing symptoms, it might be good to seek a second opinion.

 

Written by Lois Nicholson, MSN, CNS Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Psychiatry 

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