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Edina, Minnesota 55435     
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Behavioral Health Management

Depression

Some people say that depression feels like a black curtain of despair coming down over their lives.  Many people feel like they have no energy and cannot concentrate.  Others feel irritable all the time for no apparent reason.  The symptoms vary from person to person, but if you feel "down" for more than two weeks, and these feelings are interfering with your daily life, you may be clinically depressed.

 

More than 14 million Americans experience depression in any given year.  Despite these statistics, depression is not a normal part of life, regardless of your age, sex, or health status.  Most people with depression never seek help, even though the majority will respond to treatment.  Working with providers at France Avenue Family Physicians you can learn to manage depression.  This could include the use of antidepressants, therapy, or just lifestyle changes.  Your provider can work with you to decide which treatment is best.  Change will not happen overnight.  But, with the right treatment you can keep depression from overshadowing your life.

 

Common symptoms:

  • Constant sadness, irritability, or tension
  • Less interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies
  • Low energy, feeling tired without activity
  • A change in appetitie with significant weight change
  • A change in sleeping habits, including difficulty sleeping or falling asleep, early morning awakening, sleeping too much, or having difficulty getting out of bed
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
  • Trouble making decisions or concentrating
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

 

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should talk with your provider.  Since there are varying levels of depression, your provider will base your treatment and follow-up visits on your individual situation.

Attention Deficit / Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder

ADD / ADHD  

ADD stands for attention deficit disorder.  This disorder is not gender specific although it occurs more frequently in males.  It is estimated that between 3% and 8% of the population suffer from ADD.  The major symptoms of ADD include the following: hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention.  Although these symptoms are common, the diagnosis for ADD arises when these symptoms are seen in all areas of your life and create disruptions.  People who suffer from ADD do not have the ability to sustain attention for long periods of time, become easily distracted, and act or speak without thinking.    
 
ADHD although very similar, refers to attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity.  Although both ADD and ADHD can have many of the same symptoms and problems, there are some distinguishing differences.     
    
ADD Characteristics:

  • Sluggish
  • Honors other’s boundaries
  • Obedient
  • Under-assertive
  • Overly Polite
  • Docile
  • Modest
  • Shy
  • Socially Withdrawn
  • Bonds with others but doesn’t attract friends

ADHD Characteristics

  • Physically Hyperactive
  • Impulsive
  • Intrusive
  • Rebellious
  • Bossy
  • Irritation
  • Show Off/Egotistical
  • Attracts friends but doesn’t easily bond
  • More prone toward Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorders

ADHD may be easier to diagnose, lead to earlier diagnosis and therefore earlier treatment.  Either way, if you are having some of these symptoms, we suggest talking to your provider.  Diagnosis of ADD / ADHD involves a comprehensive medical evaluation.
 
Treatment of ADD / ADHD is important!  If untreated, the disorder can have long-term effects with relationships, may lead into other mental disorders like depression, other emotional problems, and decreased self-esteem.  Talk to your provider today.  They will be able to assess your condition, recommend testing, and/or begin treatment.  Your provider may also refer you to a specialist who will work alongside him or her to improve your condition.       

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that fill people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear.  Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event such as a business presentation or a first date, anxiety disorders are chronic, relentless, and can grow progressively worse if not treated.

 

There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with its own symptoms.  However they do have these symptoms in common.  If you have these symptoms, talk to your provider.

 

Common Symptoms

  • Extreme fear and dread even when there is no real danger
  • Emotional distress that interferes with daily life
  • A tendency to avoid situations that bring on anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations

 

Anxiety disorders are real medical conditions that can affect your work, your family, and your social life.  Fortunately, they are treatable.  The providers at France Avenue Family Physicians can work with you in diagnosis and tailor treatment to your own needs.

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