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Treating Depression & Anxiety in Harrisburg
Mental health is just as essential to one’s well-being as physical health. Experiencing anxiety and/or depression can be very difficult, but there are steps you can take. The first step? Calling Dr. Jatto. It might feel hard to start talking about how you are feeling, but many people find that the moment they begin sharing their experiences they are able to get the help they need.
At Jatto Internal Medicine & Wellness we are dedicated to your well-being and determined to help you take control of not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Our approach is designed to make sure you are healthy in all aspects of life.
Our practice was created out of a strong desire to improve the delivery of comprehensive medical care in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. This includes mental health. Dr. Claudette G. Jatto is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Contact our Harrisburg office today to learn more about anxiety and depression treatments and how we can begin to help you.
What are depression and anxiety?
Depression and anxiety may sound very different and in some ways they are. The main symptom of depression is typically a lingering low, sad or hopeless mood, while anxiety mainly involves overwhelming feelings of worry, nervousness and fear. But these conditions do share several key signs. It’s possible to have just one or both depression and anxiety at the same time.
Since these conditions can show up differently from person to person, you may not always know exactly what your symptoms mean.
What are the symptoms of depression?
We all feel sad from time to time. But feelings of sadness and emptiness that last for longer than two weeks can suggest depression, especially when changes in environment or even positive events don’t seem to have any impact on your mood. Depression can also come with some other symptoms, including:
- A lack of energy
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep issues
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Memory issues
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Loss of interest or enjoyment in usual activities
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Everyone gets nervous from time to time, especially before an important event. However, if you experience persistent or extreme anxiety on most days for several months, you could have generalized anxiety disorder.
Your fears and anxieties may center around more everyday concerns including your relationships, health or work. These worries can prompt lingering thoughts and fears that eventually begin to affect daily life. Some of the main symptoms of ongoing anxiety include:
- Irritability or a sense of being on edge
- A feeling of dread or panic
- Difficulty managing everyday worries
- Sleep issues
- Brain fog
- Physical symptoms like headaches, muscle tension and nausea
While it’s important to remember not everyone with depression, anxiety or both conditions will experience the same symptoms, the two conditions commonly involve several of the same symptoms.
What causes depression and anxiety?
Every person is different and so is every case of anxiety and depression. There are a few root causes of anxiety and depression including family history, childhood trauma, brain structure, medication use and medical conditions. Dr. Jatto’s job is to discover the root of the issue and personalize a treatment plan that will work for you.
How are depression and anxiety treated?
If you’re not feeling quite like yourself, a good next step involves reaching out to a mental health professional. No single test can diagnose depression or anxiety. Instead, Dr. Jatto will start by asking questions about your symptoms, including how long you’ve had them and how they affect your daily life, to get more insight on what you’re experiencing. She will then provide a detailed treatment plan that could include functional psychotherapy, functional medicine or a combination of both. Our number one goal is to make sure you are comfortable with your treatment. That is why we work with you to create a health care plan that is catered to your individual needs and mental health goals.
Getting Help with Depression and Anxiety in Harrisburg
Ready to start on your path to recovery? Dr. Jatto is ready and willing to listen to your symptoms and help you take control of your mental and physical health. For more information about treatments for depression and anxiety at our Harrisburg office, call us at 717-327-4448 or Contact Us.
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