In the United States, nearly 40 million people live with anxiety disorders, and an estimated 17.3 million have had at least one episode of depression. At PA Treatment Center in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Stephen McCarthy, PA-C, and Justin Rohrback, CRNP, FNP-BC, RN, CST, offer on-site diagnostic evaluations for depression and anxiety. They design a treatment plan using psychotherapy and lifestyle changes to help you feel better, and they can determine which medications are right for you through GeneSight® genetic testing. To get help for depression and anxiety, call PA Treatment Center or book an appointment online today.
Depression and anxiety are different mental health conditions but often occur in people at the same time.
Depression causes feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness that last longer than two weeks. This condition can reduce your quality of life, drain your energy, and make it difficult for you to keep up with your responsibilities. If left untreated, depression can trigger thoughts or actions of self-harm and suicide.
Anxiety describes excessive worrying and irrational thoughts that interfere with your day-to-day activities. You might feel restless, irritable, or fearful, even in calm environments. Untreated anxiety can contribute to depression, sleep issues, and social isolation.
Both depression and anxiety can increase your risk for substance abuse if you use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.
The team at PA Treatment Center offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for depression and anxiety. They recommend scheduling a consultation when your symptoms persist for two weeks or more and begin interfering with your daily life or physical health.
Mental health services for depression and anxiety are available during in-person visits or through the telemental health platform.
You can expect to discuss how you feel and any events in your life that are contributing to your symptoms, such as the loss of a loved one, violence, or existing substance abuse issues. The team also evaluates your physical health and reviews your personal and family medical history.
Once they understand the nature of your condition and the severity of your symptoms, the PA Treatment Center team tailors a treatment plan to your needs.
Treatment for depression and anxiety are similar. The PA Treatment Center team combines several therapies to help you find long-lasting relief from your symptoms.
Your treatment might include:
Making necessary lifestyle changes can help ease existing depression and anxiety symptoms. The team can assist you with improving your diet, incorporating more exercise into your life, and practicing stress management techniques.
A variety of antidepressants and antianxiety medications are available to help keep your symptoms under control.
Because each person has a different response to medications, PA Treatment Center offers on-site genetic testing using GeneSight that can help determine which medications will work best for you based on your genetic makeup. This lessens the trial-and-error period for finding the right medications to meet your needs.
The providers can also refer you for counseling and psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help you identify triggers of depression and anxiety and tools to help you better manage your emotions.
Depression and anxiety don’t have to take over your life. Call PA Treatment Center or book a consultation online today.