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MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

Depression – More likely than not everyone feels sad from time to time. But if you may have an undiagnosed clinical depression if you are feeling down day after day, week after week, and losing interest in daily routines you once cared about.

Gentle Primary Care may prescribe an antidepressant for a short period of time to help you manage your symptoms, often this help is required to get you over the initial hump. It is a common assumption that antidepressants dent your personality or your feel for full range of emotions, but on the contrary they allow you to function and feel more like yourself.

Antidepressants’ effects are enhanced when combined with proper counseling, which can focus on achievable and practical goals like getting across life changes and problem-solving.

Counseling is important to understand what factors are contributing to your depression. Gentle Primary Care recommend lifestyle changes, including following a diet and exercise, being  physically active, and getting proper amount of sleep, which can help prevent depression in the future.

Anxiety disorder?

A Group of mental health conditions that cause nervousness or fear to an extent that it interferes with your life are known as Anxiety disorders. Normal day to day concerns is fine to have they may be over work, family, and relationships. However, when it is part of a mental health condition – anxiety compounds intensely and disproportionately to the degree of seriousness.

Anxiety disorders can take many different forms, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder, is when you feel uncontrollable worry, often with no apparent cause.
  • Panic disorder,is what causes episodes of intense fear randomly, these are known as “panic attacks,” that can include frightening physical symptoms, such as chest pain and heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.
  • Social anxiety disorder, where you find yourself struggling in everyday interactions because of excessiveworry thinking what others think about you and assuming thatyou arebeing constantly judged.
  • Phobias, or fears are tied to specific objects or situations, they can cause panic attacks from exposure to similar events and situations.

If you feel your anxiety is blocking your everyday life routines, be proactive to seek help. Gentle Family Care provides counseling and help for you to feel comfortable while facing the sources of your anxiety and helping you learn how to manage your symptoms when they arise. When these symptoms are combined with lifestyle changes, like healthy eating and controlling caffeine and tobacco, medication, and a short-term therapy can make a lasting difference in anxiety disorders.

Insomnia

If you are having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep it is also known as Insomnia, this can result in fatigue, lack of energy, trouble inconcentration, and getting easily irritable. The measure of insomnia is the quality of your sleep, it is not how many hours you get to sleep a night or how long it takes you to fall asleep. If you have insomnia, you won’t feel refreshed or well-rested when you wake up.

Gentle Primary Care treats insomnia by addressing the underlying causes. Sometimes, insomnia is the result of another prevailing condition, this can include depression, anxiety, or chronic pain, this improves by successfully managing the condition. If your insomnia is the side effect of a medication, Gentle Primary Care may recommend an alternative.

Insomnia can also be a result of life stress or poor sleep habits. Specialists at Gentle Primary Care determine if your habits like drinking caffeine later in the day, napping at a wrong time, or browsing through your phone or computer before going to bed are contributing to your insomnia.

In some severe cases of insomnia, Gentle Primary Care  may prescribe a sleep aid. However, as they can be habit-forming, we recommend that you  only take the medication for a short period of time, establishing a regular sleep schedule and adjust to long-lasting habits that naturally promote restful sleep.

To get help for depression, anxiety, or insomnia, call Gentle Primary Care, or use the online booking tool.

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