Depression & Anxiety Specialist

Select Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

Millions of Americans live with anxiety and depression, which can severely affect your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Select Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers compassionate, personalized care for anxiety and depression to help you lead a fulfilling life. Call Select Family Practice or schedule a consultation online today if anxiety or depression symptoms are interfering with your quality of life.

Depression & Anxiety

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects the way you feel, think, and behave. The condition can last for months or even years, especially when left untreated. Depression can be triggered by events in your life but is usually linked to abnormal brain chemistry that affects your mood and cognitive process. 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety includes a group of mental health conditions that cause intense and persistent fears and worries that interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life. The different types of anxiety have various triggers. Social anxiety might make you uncomfortable in crowds, when you have to speak in public, or even in one-on-one interactions. Separation anxiety can stem from a fear of abandonment or being alone.

What are the warning signs of depression and anxiety?

Depression and anxiety cause a variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. While there are some differences, both anxiety and depression can cause:

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Sense of isolation
  • Reduced ability to think clearly or make decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

Anxiety and depression can occur separately or at the same time. They can also lead to substance abuse and addiction, as many patients attempt to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. 

How are depression and anxiety treated?

Treatment for depression and anxiety begins with a comprehensive consultation. The team at Select Family Practice asks questions about your symptoms including how long you’ve been feeling this way and how it’s affecting your life. They might also run tests to look for signs of other health conditions that can cause similar symptoms, like thyroid disorders.

In many cases, anxiety and depression are treated with a combination of medication, counseling, and lifestyle modifications. The team at Select Family Practice can prescribe medicine to regulate your brain chemistry and reduce your symptoms. Most medicines need to build up in your body for several weeks before you notice a difference. 

The team can also provide referrals for professional counseling services, which can help you explore and resolve underlying issues and concerns that contribute to your condition. You can also learn and practice coping strategies to manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

If you’re concerned about depression or anxiety, call Select Family Practice or make an appointment online today.