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Depression And Anxiety Specialist

Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Addiction Treatment located in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, AK

Most individuals will experience anxiety and depression in their lifetime; however, if these conditions impact your day-to-day life, Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions can help. Shannon Davis, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, AGACNP, has extensive experience treating anxiety and depression from the office in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, Alaska. She has the expertise to provide an accurate diagnosis and customize your treatment to decrease or eliminate your symptoms. Call the friendly office staff or book your appointment online today.

Depression and Anxiety Q&A

What is the difference between anxiety and depression?

Though anxiety and depression are different, they can occur simultaneously. Anxiety causes unnecessary worry or fear about certain events or situations. Your fear can become more intense over time, making it difficult to focus on or participate in your daily activities.

Depression can also cause issues with your daily routine, but for different reasons. You can experience persistent bouts of sadness that can last for weeks or longer. Depression can also affect your quality of sleep, your emotional health, and how you think.

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety can also involve depression. You might experience symptoms, such as:

  • Restless feelings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to control your worry

Anxiety can also cause anxiety attacks where you might struggle to breathe, have a racing heart, or experience an uncontrollable shaking of your muscles.

Depression can cause you to feel unworthy, sad, and even have thoughts of harming yourself. You may withdraw from others, disconnect from social activities, have unfounded guilt, find yourself wanting to be alone, and sleep excessively.

What causes anxiety and depression?

Causes of anxiety and depression can include: 

Family history

If your family has anxiety or depression, you’re more susceptible to developing these conditions.

Childhood trauma 

Traumatic events as a child can influence how you respond to distressing moments or circumstances.

Brain structure

If you have chemical imbalances in your brain, you run the risk of anxiety and depression. 

Medical conditions

Underlying conditions, such as sleep deprivation, ADHD, or chronic pain, can play a role in the development of anxiety and depression.

Certain medications can also cause the onset of anxiety and depression. That’s why you should have a consultation with Shannon. She can help get to the root cause of your issues.

What are the treatment options for anxiety and depression?

When first diagnosed, Shannon may recommend certain lifestyle changes to decrease the severity of your anxiety or depression. In many cases, an improved diet and starting an exercise routine can dramatically improve your symptoms.

Shannon may recommend medication management; antianxiety and antidepressant medicines can improve your condition. She works with you to provide the right type of medication and dosage to alleviate your symptoms.

Don’t delay getting treatment for your anxiety and depression. Call Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions or book a consultation online today.