Anxiety And Depression

Integrative Physicians

Medical Marijuana Certifying Doctors located in Waldorf, MD

If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from anxiety or depression, you understand the debilitating impact it can have on your daily life. The staff at Integrative Physicians in Waldorf, Maryland, understands the difficulty of living with anxiety and depression and understand that they are both qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

Integrative Physicians

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a medical term used to categorize several disorders that cause fear, nervousness, worrying, and apprehension. Anxiety is a natural response to stress, and it can also be a result of underlying genetics. Everyone experiences a little bit of anxiety throughout the course of their lives, but if your anxious feelings are extreme, last for longer than six months, or are interfering with your everyday life, you could be suffering from an anxiety disorder.

What is depression?

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that affects the way you think and act, and how you feel. Depression causes severe feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, and it can also cause a loss of interest in activities and experiences that you once enjoyed. Many people experience some symptoms of depression at some point, but if multiple symptoms of depression last for at least two weeks, you may have clinical depression.

Depression has many possible causes, including genetic vulnerability, certain types of medications, stressful events, and improper mood regulation by your brain.

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Symptoms of anxiety and depression are vast and vary from person to person. Symptoms can be mild to severe and short-term or long-term. Anxiety symptoms vary from disorder to disorder, but some common symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Rapid breathing
  • Trouble concentrating

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Continual sad, anxious mood
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Decreased energy
  • Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How can anxiety and depression be treated?

Different types of treatment can combat anxiety and depression. Some typical treatment options include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Medication
  • Alternative Medicine and Therapies
  • Medical Marijuana