At one time or another, many of us have felt sad or anxious. For example, the death of a loved one can leave us feeling down. Financial or work demands can cause us stress. However, when these feelings negatively affect (for long periods of time) how you think, and how you handle daily activities, such as working, sleeping and eating, your symptoms may be due to depression or anxiety. Both of these conditions can result in severe impairments that interfere with or limit your life.
Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders in the nation. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 40 million people in the U.S. (18 percent) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year. Additionally, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the last year according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
If you feel like you need assistance in managing your anxiety, or if you can’t seem to shake the blues, confidential and professional help is available. For emotional and spiritual support, you may want to contact a member of the clergy.
You can also make an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), who can help coordinate your care and refer you to a specialist, if needed. If you don’t have a PCP, look to Mercy Health Physician Partners to find a provider here>>
Mercy Health is committed to helping you live a healthy life by nurturing well-being through body, mind and spirit.