Information about mental health disorders
A mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person's mood, thoughts and sense of wellbeing. There are different types of mental health conditions and individuals can experience symptoms of the conditions in different ways. A person with a mental health condition did not cause it; it is not their fault. Mental health conditions can be the result of different factors including genetic factors and environmental factors. Additionally, traumatic events can lead to mental health conditions. 

Read below to see the mental health conditions I typically treat, including symptoms and what to look for. 

  • Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States
  • ​Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression, and young adults aged 18–25 are 60% more likely to have depression than people aged 50 or older
  • Some symptoms of depression include:
    • Changes in appetite, with significant weight loss or gain
    • Changes in your sleep
    • Not enjoying things you normally find pleasurable
    • ​Isolating
    • ​Increased irritability
    • ​Low self esteem
    • ​Hopelessness
    • ​Crying easily
  • Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder 
  • Some anxiety diagnoses include:
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Panic Disorder
    • Social Anxiety Disorder
    • Phobias
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety can be experienced emotionally and physically
  • Emotional symptoms of anxiety include: 
    • Feelings of dread
    • Feeling jittery
    • Anticipating the worst outcome
    • Extreme worry
    • Irritability 
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
    • Heart racing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Upset stomach
    • Insomnia
    • Headaches
    • Twitching and sweating
Anxiety and depression are normal emotions we experience as humans. They can become problematic when they start to interfere with our ability to function and do the things we normally do. If you notice you have experienced several, or more, of these symptoms, for two weeks or longer, please consider reaching out for further assessment. It is recommended to start with your Primary Care Physician to get a full workup to make sure what you're experiencing isn't the result of a medical condition. Some medical conditions can "look like" mental health conditions.

Once you have investigated any medical causes, and are still dealing with symptoms, it's time to reach out for mental health treatment. These are all treatable conditions and with the right type of therapy, and possibly medication, you can recover. The first step is asking for help. Please refer to the contacts on the Resource Page or Contact me.

If you are experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else or hearing things or seeing things that others cannot, go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 911 for immediate help. ​

Content adapted from: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions