Depression & Anxiety

Mental Health & Family Practice located in Bowie, MD
Depression & Anxiety

Depression & Anxiety services offered in Bowie, MD

Depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions that often develop together. If you have one or both of these conditions, visit Johanese Sandy, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and his team at Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services in Bowie, Maryland. They offer compassionate care for people of all ages struggling with depression and anxiety. To find out how you or your loved one could benefit from the team’s expertise, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Depression & Anxiety Q&A

What is depression?

Depression causes feelings of intense sadness and despair that feel impossible to shake off. Helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and other negative emotions are often overwhelming when you have depression.

Depression’s roots aren’t always clear, but your risk is higher if other family members have had depression. You might develop depression after a major life event like a job loss, bereavement, or traumatic experience. Even happy events can sometimes trigger depression. Other people become depressed without any apparent cause.

Most people with depression have low levels of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters in their brains. This can cause reduced activity in the areas of your brain responsible for mood regulation. However, it’s still unclear whether low neurotransmitter levels cause depression, result from it, or both.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorders typically cause persistent worry, stress, and fear that might be present all the time. 

You can also get anxiety that focuses on something specific, such as spiders, snakes, or confined spaces (phobias). Problems like social anxiety disorder, where being with other people triggers extreme anxiety, is a common mental health condition.

Anxiety can have a major impact on learning and how you develop relationships. You might be unable to study, work, or have a rewarding family life because of your anxiety. Severe anxiety can cause panic attacks — sweating, shaking, pounding heart, fast breathing, and fear so intense you might be unable to speak or move.

What treatments help with depression and anxiety?

Therapy is often the starting point for depression and anxiety treatment at Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services. Their team specializes in identifying the causes or triggers of depression and anxiety and helping patients work through them.

Medications can also help, especially with more severe depression and anxiety. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications help to correct the neurotransmitter imbalance in your brain that plays a role in both these conditions. In combination with talk therapies, the right medication can be very effective.

Depression and anxiety treatments don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. The Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team works with you to find the root cause of your condition and understand your struggles and goals. They create personalized treatment plans for each patient tailored to their unique needs.

To find relief from depression and anxiety, call Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services today or book an appointment online.