Depression will affect about 1 in 6 adults at during their lifetime,1 and about 5% of adults are affected by depression at any time.2 Depression can manifest in many ways, including loss of interest or pleasure in activities, or feeling down or hopeless. Anxiety is a common emotion and serves an important function – this sensation of uneasiness and dread can encourage action. Though this emotion can serve us positively, it can frequently be overwhelming and cause significant distress and impact daily functioning. Both of these conditions can significantly impact daily functioning, relationships, and physical health - and vice versa.
Supporting mental and emotional health is a key component to successfully treating any physical condition. Many tools can be helpful for anxiety and depression, including therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT), pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, herbs, and behavioral changes. Your provider can help you determine which may be appropriate for your case, and help build your care team.
1. CDC. Mental Health Conditions: Depression and Anxiety. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/depression-anxiety.html. Accessed 4/6/21.
2. CDC. Fast Stats – Depression. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/depression.htm Accessed 4/6/21.