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Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and Depression solutions offered in Beverly Hills and La Jolla, CA

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders. While they can be experienced separately, they often occur together, and both can have a significant impact on a person's daily life.


Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease that can be mild or severe. It can be triggered by specific situations, such as social interactions or public speaking, or it can be present without an obvious cause. Some common symptoms of anxiety include excessive worry, restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, and difficulty concentrating.


Depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that once brought pleasure. It can also cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating. Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and life events.


There are several types of depression, each with their own specific symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Here are some of the most common types of depression:


  1. Major depressive disorder: This is the most common type of depression and is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or a loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy. To be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, you must have symptoms for at least two weeks.
  2. Persistent depressive disorder: This type of depression used to be called dysthymia and is characterized by a long-term (at least two years) low mood that is less severe than major depression but still significantly affects daily life.
  3. Seasonal affective disorder: This type of depression is related to the changing seasons and is usually experienced in the fall and winter months when there is less daylight. Symptoms include low mood, lethargy, and changes in appetite.
  4. Postpartum depression: This type of depression occurs after childbirth and is characterized by feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion. It can occur anytime within the first year after giving birth.
  5. Bipolar disorder: This is a mood disorder that is characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania (elevated mood). In some cases, the periods of mania can also include psychosis (losing touch with reality).
  6. Psychotic depression: This type of depression is characterized by severe depression and the presence of psychotic symptoms such as delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there).
  7. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD): This type of depression is related to the menstrual cycle and is characterized by mood swings, irritability, and depression in the days leading up to menstruation.


It's important to note that everyone experiences depression differently, and there can be significant overlap between these different types of depression. A mental health professional can help you determine the best diagnosis and treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and experiences.


Both anxiety and depression can be treated with a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of therapy that can be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression. Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can also be prescribed by a healthcare provider to help manage symptoms.


Anxiety and Depression Statistics


Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. Here are some statistics on anxiety and depression:


  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting around 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population, each year.
  • Depression is also prevalent in the United States, with an estimated 19.4 million adults, or 7.8% of the population, experiencing at least one major depressive episode in a given year.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience anxiety and depression. In the United States, women are almost twice as likely as men to have an anxiety disorder, and they are also more likely to experience depression.
  • Anxiety and depression often occur together, with nearly half of people diagnosed with depression also experiencing symptoms of anxiety.
  • Anxiety and depression can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. They can affect relationships, work performance, and physical health. In severe cases, they can also lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
  • Despite the prevalence of these conditions, many people do not seek treatment. In the United States, only about one-third of people with anxiety and depression receive treatment.


It's important to seek help if you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. With the right treatment, most people can experience significant improvement in their symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.


Click here for Dr. Calm's ' From Distress to De-Stress Program' for Anxiety and Depression.

Dr. Calm remarks that the stress in life is the major culprit in pushing people towards anxiety and depression or exacerbate them. If you learn to be calm, you can manage stress better and thus improving your anxiety and depression. Though medications are commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression, Dr. Calm prefers natural ways of relieving anxiety and reversing depression. To learn more, click here Dr. Calm's ' From Distress to De-Stress Program' for Anxiety and Depression.