What to Do When Depression and Anxiety Occur Together in Houston Adults
Everyone experiences periods of feeling down or anxious based on certain stressors of life, such as moving, losing a loved one, having a hard time at school, or losing your job. These are normal reactions. However, for 16 million American adults, their down days are persistent and exist when everything else in life seems to be going well. This is because they suffer from severe depression.
For 42 million American adults, it’s not just naturally stressful situations that make them anxious, and that’s because they have anxiety disorder. Often, when an individual has depression, anxiety also accompanies their mental illness and vise-versa.
What are Severe Depression and Anxiety Like, Together?
Although the two illnesses are different, there is overlap in their symptoms, and sometimes this only worsens symptoms. Each case is different, but when these mental illnesses come together, they undoubtedly cause debilitating behavioral health challenges.
Adult Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder is what we refer to as severe depression or clinical depression. Common symptoms are as follows:
- Feeling sad, tired, and low-energy
- Losing interest in enjoyable activities
- A change in appetite
- Trouble concentrating and sleeping
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness
- Suicide thoughts/attempts
Adult Anxiety Disorder
A little stress and anxiety is normal, and can even be good for us. Stress can trigger our fight or flight response in times of danger and it may also benefit those who wish to succeed in their Houston-based, deadline-driven job. For individuals who have Anxiety Disorder, their behaviors are different:
- Stress and anxiety can be severe in situations that others may not feel as stressed in
- Stress and anxiety may be persistent to a point where individuals don't get a break from it
- Reactions to stress may seem more like overreactions
- Extreme avoidance of stressful situations
Houston Adults Can Improve Upon Their Mental Illness and Behavioral Health
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Research has demonstrated that low, controlled doses of Ketamine reduce the imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters. This imbalance contributes to both anxiety and depressive disorder. Ketamine also works faster and more efficiently than typical depression and anxiety medications, often within a few hours.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Behavioral Health
Our Houston Outpatient Program for adult behavioral health is ideal for individuals that have undergone our Partial Hospitalization Program and reached a point in their depression treatment and anxiety treatment where they no longer need round-the-clock care. It allows patients to work with our qualified medical professionals to understand the symptoms of their behavioral health, as well as healthy ways to overcome them. When in conjunction with our Ketamine Infusion Program, recovery is that much closer.
If you would like to know more about how to recover from anxiety and depression, please get an assessment. Our medical professionals will happily develop a customized treatment plan so you can live a happier, healthier life.