Mental Health Therapy Q&A
Approximately 4.8% of Americans aged 18 or above are battling with depression. Around 11.7% of adults aged 18 or above have anxiety. However, anxiety and depression are just the tip of the iceberg as people are suffering from several other severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and psychotic disorder. For compassionate, individualized, and hands-on mental health care, Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches helps patients toward their best life. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches serving patients in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Garden, Stuart, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Vero Beach FL and Plantation, FL.
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What are the symptoms of anxiety?
What are the symptoms of depression?
Why is it important to take care of your mental health?
Can mental health disorders be treated without medication?
How does Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches help with mental health disorders?
Mental health is just as important—if not more so—than physical health, because if one does not have good mental health, one cannot enjoy their physical health, even if it is in perfect condition. Mental health includes several aspects, including social, emotional, and psychological well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act and also helps determine how we make choices related to others and how we handle stress. There are several disorders that can affect mental health, such as anxiety and depression. These can be nearly impossible to diagnose by simply looking at a person because they do not come with physical symptoms, although they do have a strong effect on physical health.
Anxiety is experienced differently by everyone who has the condition; however, some symptoms are more common than others and include:
● Excessive worrying
● Feeling agitated
● Difficulty concentrating
● Tense muscles
● Trouble falling or staying asleep
● Panic Attacks
● Avoiding social situations
● Irrational fears
Depression is a complex condition, and because it affects so many systems of the body, it has many manifestations, which can greatly vary from one person to the next. In general, symptoms include:
● Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
● Irritability, angry outbursts, or low frustration tolerance
● Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable, from sports to sex
● Sleep disturbance, including not sleeping enough, or sleeping too much
● Fatigue/lack of energy; everything feels effortful
● Appetite disturbance, including overeating or loss of interest in eating
● Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness
● Slowed thinking, moving, or talking
● Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
● A focus on past failure, self-blame
● Difficulty concentrating, remembering things, and making decisions
● Recurring thoughts of death
● Physical pain such as headaches, back pain
Mental health is essential to living a healthy, balanced, and good quality of life. Every year, approximately one in five Americans experience mental health issues which equate to more than 40 million adults. Mental health encompasses social, psychological, emotional, and psychosocial well-being, which impacts how we feel, think and behave in our day-to-day lives. Mental health also contributes to decision-making processes, how stress is managed, as well as how we relate to others around us.
It is imperative to take care of mental health because it is a vital part of life and impacts our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Being emotionally healthy can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities like school, work, or caregiving and also plays an important part in the health of relationships, allowing individuals to adapt to changes in life and cope with adversity.
Yes, it is absolutely possible to treat anxiety and depression without the use of medications. There are several ways this can be achieved, primarily through the use of regular exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep, as well as counseling. In addition, it is essential to:
● Find meaning in life by finding small ways to be of service to others
● Find workable goals that provide a sense of pride and accomplishment
● Schedule pleasant activities or events
● Stay in the present, stop fixating on the past and stop worrying about the future; all that matters is how we are right now
● Exercise and eat right
● Focus on people who are uplifting and encouraging
● Try to keep a regular sleep schedule
When treating mental health disorders, we provide counseling to address these issues and offer ongoing support throughout the process. At Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches, we are dedicated to helping you improve your mental health and provide the support you are looking for. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Boynton Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Jupiter FL, Stuart FL, Palm City FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Wellington FL, Vero Beach FL, Citrus Ridge FL, Plantation FL, Sunrise FL, and surrounding areas.
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▸ Mental Wellness
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▸ Depression and Mood Disorders
▸ Women’s Health
▸ Panic Disorder
▸ Medications Management
▸ Men’s Health
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▸ Geriatric Mental Health
▸ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
▸ Life Coaching
▸ Couple’s Counseling
▸ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
▸ Social Phobia Treatment
▸ Eating Disorders
▸ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
▸ Psychotic Disorders