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Anxiety & Depression

Conditions like anxiety and depression can create immense distress and impact both your health and daily functioning. These conditions can affect your performance in various aspects of life, including work, social interactions, and relationships with your family and friends. 

At Forever Young, we acknowledge the emotional and psychological impact that conditions like anxiety and depression can have on your overall well-being. We understand that these challenges can significantly affect your capacity to lead a fulfilling life.

Our expert team is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical assistance and care to address and enhance the well-being of your mental health.

Defining Anxiety & Depression

Feeling anxious is a natural and common reaction to stress and danger. It is something we all experience during tough and challenging situations in our daily lives. 

However, if you experience intense and prolonged feelings of anxiety, it might be a cause for concern.  It might be an indication of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that goes beyond the usual worries of daily life and causes overwhelming feelings of restlessness, tension, and fear.

Depression is a complex mental condition that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in daily activities. It goes beyond the normal feelings of sadness or grief and can interfere with your everyday life and functioning.

Both anxiety and depression can impact your sexual health, potentially causing issues such as: 

Causes of Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression are complex mental health conditions with multifaceted causes, including biological, psychological, and environmental factors. These include: 

  • Imbalances in brain chemistry
  • Chronic Stress
  • Medications
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Long-term Health Conditions
  • Hormone changes 
  • Family history of depression or another mental disorder
  • Medical conditions such as insomnia, stroke, heart attack, and cancer
  • Lifestyle habits, such as excessive weight gain and substance abuse

Hormonal Imbalance and Mental Health

Hormonal imbalance occurs when there's a disruption in the normal levels of hormones in your body. Hormones play a crucial role in maintaining your overall health and the regulation of your mental health and mood. Any imbalances can significantly contribute to the development of various health conditions, including mental disorders.

Fluctuations in hormones such as cortisol, testosterone, and estrogen don't just affect your health and performance. They can also have a considerable impact on your mood and mental health, potentially leading to the onset or worsening of anxiety and depression.

As you age, a natural decline in hormone levels occurs, giving rise to various symptoms and contributing to several health conditions.

Symptoms of Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression can present with a range of symptoms, including various emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms.

Symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Excessive worry and restlessness 
  • Heightened sensitivity to stimuli and increased irritability
  • Agitation and tension
  • Sudden panic episodes in severe cases
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Pervasive feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Constant feelings of guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts

Common symptoms of depression and anxiety include: 

Treatment of Anxiety & Depression

At Forever Young, the first step in our treatment process involves a comprehensive assessment of your health, conducted by our dedicated team. This includes a thorough assessment of your specific symptoms and medical history to gain valuable insights into both your mental and physical condition.

We then develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs and condition.

Treatment options for anxiety and depression may involve hormonal therapy, medication, physiotherapy, or a combination of all.

Hormone Therapy for Anxiety & Depression

Certain hormone-related disorders and conditions can affect your mood and contribute to mental health issues in men and women. Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopause in women, and low testosterone levels in men can potentially lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The role of hormones in mood regulation is complex. A shift in hormone levels can impact neurotransmitters and brain function and potentially contribute to mental health issues.

Hormonal therapy involves the use of hormones or medications that restore your hormone levels to alleviate your symptoms. The use of hormonal therapy for depression and anxiety is typically targeted at individuals with identified hormonal imbalances or disorders. 

At Forever Young, we offer Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for men and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for women. Our approach addresses hormonal imbalances and alleviates associated symptoms, including anxiety and depression. 

While traditional antidepressant medications primarily focus on neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, hormonal therapy aims to address hormonal imbalances that may be linked to depressive symptoms. 

Managing Anxiety & Depression in Gulfport, MS

Conditions such as anxiety and depression can have a profound impact on both your physical and mental health, influencing your ability to lead a fulfilling life. At Forever Young, we offer comprehensive treatment options, including hormone therapy, to address these conditions and promote overall well-being.

To schedule an appointment with our providers, reach out to us at 228-363-6623 or request a consultation online.

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