Depression & Anxiety

Partners In Family Health -  - Family Medicine

Partners In Family Health

Family Medicine located in York, PA

Job stress, divorce, or the loss of a close relative can leave you feeling sad and anxious. While these feelings may be normal, if your depression and anxiety affect your daily life, help is available. The board-certified family medicine practitioners at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania provide medical treatment to help you manage these changes in your mood. For help with depression and anxiety, call today or book an appointment online.

Depression & Anxiety Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel. There are several types of depression, including:

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Depression when there is less sunlight
  • Persistent depressive disorder: Also called dysthymia — having a depressed mood for more than two years
  • Bipolar disorder: A mix of depression and mania, or hyperactivity
  • Postpartum depression: Depression following pregnancy
  • Psychotic depression: Mood change with delusions or hallucinations

Depression is a common mental condition in the United States, and it can come from a combination of factors, such as your genetics, physiology, psychology, or environment.

How do I know if I’m depressed?

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feeling pessimistic
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Fatigue or loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Increased physical pain

A diagnosis of depression comes if you have been experiencing these symptoms for two weeks or more.

How is depression treated?

The healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health offer medical treatment for depression, which includes antidepressants. The team works with you to find the right medicine to improve your mood and makes adjustments as needed.

Types of antidepressants include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

Depression is a treatable illness, but it works best when care begins early.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal part of life, but if your worry or fear is getting worse and impacting your everyday life, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling wound up
  • Tiring easily
  • Irritability or difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty sleeping

There are different types of anxiety including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

How is anxiety managed?

The family medicine practitioners at Partners in Family Health can help manage your anxiety with medication, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or beta blockers.

Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, and the team can help you medically manage both. In addition to the medication, the medical professionals may refer you to a therapist for talk or cognitive behavioral therapy to help you learn how to manage your feelings.

For medical management of your depression or anxiety, call the office today or book an appointment online.