Treatment for Depression and Anxiety can occur separately of course, (and often do) however they can also occur together.  In fact, integrated treatment for depression and anxiety are extremely frequent. According to NIMH, about 10% of adults in the U.S.  will experience a depressive disorder and approximately 18% of American adults will experience some form of anxiety disorder. It has been reported that up to 85% of depressed patients also experience an anxiety disorder and that no fewer than 54% of individuals with anxiety disorders also experience major depression, and 35% of patients who are depressed are also estimated to suffer from panic attacks. This means that there are millions of American adults suffering from a combination of thees disorders and need treatment for depression and anxiety. This is a very high number of people and thus a very serious problem.

When Depression and Anxiety occur simultaneously they can be even more dangerous than when they occur separately, which is why treatment for depression and anxiety should occur together. Anxiety disorders can cause nervousness, worry, panic, avoidance, and even problems with sleeping or concentration. Depression can create feelings of intense worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness as well as troubles eating or sleeping. When these problems occur together they can be far more difficult to understand, diagnose and treat than when they occur separately.  Additionally, the co-occurrence of anxiety and depression increase the likelihood of serious consequences.

There are many symptoms and types of treatment for depression and anxiety. Some of these symptoms are feeling sad or tired, loss of interest in favorite activities or trouble concentrating. Other possible side effects include trouble sleeping, irritability, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, trapped or helpless. Without treatment for depression and anxiety, these symptoms can lead to withdrawal from relationships and activities that were previously enjoyable.  Feeling overwhelmed by untreated depression and anxiety can also lead to thoughts of suicide. In 2006, 33,300 (approximately 11 per 100,000) people died by suicide in the U.S. More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.  Depression can be fatal and should be taken seriously.

The first line of treatment for depression and anxiety are using medications such as antidepressants, which help to decrease feelings of sadness and anxiety and increase happier feelings. The best treatment for depression and anxiety is a combination of medication and psychotherapy is more effective than either alone.  Counseling involves talking with another person (either a professional or a support group) in order to discuss the feelings of sadness, hopelessness or anxiety that you are feeling and find the sources and solutions to the problems that are creating the depression and anxiety.  However, if these traditional methods of treatment for depression and anxiety do not alleviate your symptoms, other help is available.

There is some evidence that suggests the quicker a disorder is recognized and treated, the better the chances for a positive outcome.  Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our programs provide services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression and anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.