Depression and panic affect one in every three people to varying degrees, some more severely than others. Panic is often caused by general anxiety disorders, while depression can be attributed to major life changes or chemical imbalances.
Signs of depression and anxiety include:
· Decreased interest in hobbies or things that made you happy
· Excessive sleep or severe insomnia
· Chronic fatigue, regardless of how much sleep you’ve gotten in the past 24 hours
· Lack of focus or concentration
· Lower libido
· Significantly increased or decreased appetite
· Feelings of panic, disorientation, or apathy
Many people describe depression as feeling like a zombie or a shell of themselves. While other people describe anxiety as being hyper-aware of everything that could go wrong in everyday life.
How Can You Cope with Depression or Panic?
In this article, we cover three psychological treatment methods for coping with depression and panic. When in doubt, mental health services are available to you at all times.
1) Telepsychiatry Mental Health at Your Fingertips
When you can’t get to a psychiatrist, there’s the option of telepsychiatry. You can speak with a professional psychiatrist over your phone or computer via a communications app. It’s the same as an in-person therapist but from the comforts of home.
2) Psychotherapy Delve a Little Deeper
Psychotherapy is the process of decompression in your mind. You can talk about your entire life, from beginning to present, then help a psychiatrist analyze your experiences. It’s common for past trauma to be the root cause of current depression and anxiety.
3) Pharmacogenomic Analysis and Medication
A pharmacogenomic analysis is the process of genetic testing that shows which mental health medications would be best suited for you based on your genetic makeup. Testing makes it easier for psychiatrists to assign the right medications without constant trial and error.
One Hour at a Time
Instead of breaking depression or panic into one day at a time, it’s helpful to sufferers to go from one hour to the next. Then progress from hours to days, then weeks, months, and years. It might be difficult to see the brightness in your future when you struggle with depression or anxiety but be aware that there is hope.