Psychiatrist For Anxiety and Depression Houston Shares Facts About Mental Illness
Research On Anxiety and Depression
Research on mental illness shows that mental illnesses are common in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, tens of millions of people experience depression and anxiety each year. In fact, some research even suggests that mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their life. However, estimates indicate that only half of those with mental illnesses receive treatment.
Facts About Anxiety Disorders
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 people, globally, suffers from anxiety. The WHO reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders worldwide. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
People with anxiety disorders are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.
Feelings of anxiety can interfere with daily activities such as work performance, school, and relationships.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.
Anxiety and Depression Can Occur Together
It is common for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression and vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Accordingly, there is significant overlap in symptoms between anxiety and depression. Comorbid anxiety and depression are often more resistant to pharmacologic treatment, and patients with coexisting disorders have a poorer medical prognosis than do patients with either mental illness alone.
Facts About Depressive Disorders
Depression is believed to be the leading cause of disability worldwide. Almost 75% of people with mental disorders remain untreated in developing countries with almost 1 million people taking their lives each year.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. MDD affects more than 16.1 million American adults or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 years old. Only 61.7% of adults with MDD are receiving treatment. The average age of onset is 31 years old. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health).
Depressive Disorders are more prevalent in women than in men.
Persistent depressive disorder or PDD, (formerly called dysthymia) is a form of depression that usually continues for at least two years.
Anxiety and Depressive disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with these disorders can be helped with professional care. Several standard approaches and lifestyle changes have proved effective:
- Complementary and alternative treatment
- Self-Help or Support Groups
- Stress-Management Techniques
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS)*Note that TMS has been researched and shown effective for anxiety but it’s not FDA approved or covered by insurance for anything except Major Depression.
Get Help As Soon As Possible
It is crucial for those who experience depression and anxiety to seek treatment as soon as possible. Aggressive and professional management of depression, as untreated or inadequately treated patients are more likely to have negative medical consequences of their depression, including a substantial risk of suicide and longer, more treatment-resistant episodes of depression.
Fortunately, many new medications are available to help. The newer antidepressants, in particular, are playing an increasingly important role in the treatment of both depression and anxiety disorders alone as well as comorbid anxiety and depression.
The Challenge of Diagnosis
Thus, the challenge for clinicians is to make a quick and accurate diagnosis and then to ensure proper and effective treatment.
One reason it is essential to obtain a diagnosis from a medical professional is so they can rule out any medical issues that might be causing physical symptoms as we know that somatic complaints can affect an individual’s mood and emotional state. In conjunction with your primary care doctor, a psychiatrist for anxiety and depression can help rule out any physical causes of mental illness.
Our Psychiatrist For Anxiety and Depression Houston, Daniela White, MD, is located at Midtown Psychiatric and TMS Center, a mental health clinic located in Houston, Texas. All of the clinical staff at Midtown Psychiatry are caring and knowledgeable professionals who are committed to using the most up-to-date treatments for anxiety and depression and other mental health disorders. Give us a call at 713-426-3100 or visit our website at https://www.midtownpsychiatrytms.com to learn more.
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