Depression is a mood disorder that causes a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. In some instances, depression occurs at the same time as one or more other mental health issues. Let’s examine five mental health issues that may accompany depression and how people can manage the symptoms associated with them.
Anxiety is a problem that can affect people on an occasional or chronic basis. Anxiety can cause a recurring feeling of intense, persistent worry, and it may be diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.
Like depression, an anxiety disorder can make it tough to enjoy everyday activities, such as socializing with family members and friends or going to work or school.
The physical symptoms of anxiety and depression may be similar, and people coping with one or both of these mental health issues may experience trouble concentrating, fatigue, and trouble sleeping. Physical symptoms unique to anxiety include a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, and an upset or churning stomach.
Schizophrenia is a mental health issue that alters one’s view of reality. Common symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking.
Delusions refer to false beliefs that have no basis in reality. Hallucinations cause people to see or hear things that aren’t in the real world. They can affect any of the senses, but hearing voices is one of the most common hallucinations among schizophrenia patients.
In schizophrenia patients who experience disorganized thinking, “word salad” may be a problem. When this occurs, a schizophrenia patient speaks combinations of unrelated words without a typical grammar structure, which makes it difficult to communicate with others.
Depression is a complication associated with schizophrenia, and it can impact every area of a schizophrenia patient’s life.
3. Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, causes extreme highs and lows.
During a depressive episode, someone coping with bipolar disorder feels tremendous sadness or hopelessness, resulting in extreme despair and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Comparatively, during a manic or hypomanic episode, someone coping with bipolar disorder will feel energetic, along with intense euphoria and delusions of grandeur to the point of being too energized to sleep.
Going back and forth between feelings of sadness and euphoria can take a toll on those dealing with bipolar disorder. As such, bipolar disorder can affect sleep patterns, energy levels, and judgment.
A typical bipolar disorder patient experiences manic or depressive episodes during random times of the year, or a cycle of mood swings may occur after an identifiable trigger, such as a stressful event. Some bipolar disorder patients experience other emotional symptoms in between mood swings, while others do not experience these symptoms.
4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a serious disorder that causes a patient to have irrational and typically frightening obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions refer to unreasonable thoughts or fears, like fear of objects being contaminated simply by touching them, or severe stress caused by objects that are not arranged in a certain way. Although someone dealing with OCD may try to ignore obsessions, they can be overwhelming at times. As a result, obsessions can impact the ability to perform at work or school and engage with others.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that extend beyond ordinary habits, and they include actions like excessively cleaning or arranging objects in a specific way. Compulsions are designed to help manage anxiety or prevent something bad from happening — despite the fact that the actions taken have no impact in either scenario.
Many patients with OCD experience depression and anxiety as a result of their obsessions and compulsions, and depression and anxiety may have a negative impact on their quality of life.
5. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a mental health issue that can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. People coping with ADHD may experience problems paying attention, and they may be prone to hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. These symptoms may resolve as a child ages, but oftentimes, a diagnosis of ADHD follows a child into adulthood.
Adults with ADHD can struggle to maintain employment due to their inability to focus and the tendency to make impulsive decisions without thinking through the consequences. ADHD can also rob an adult of close social relationships and manifest as failure to pay bills on time or complete other important tasks.
People who experience ADHD are more likely than others to deal with depression or bipolar disorder.
Are You at Risk of Mental Health Issues and Depression?
Depression can affect men, women, and children, and anyone may simultaneously experience one or more of the aforementioned mental health issues and depression.
To deal with mental health issues that accompany depression, meet with a doctor. A doctor can diagnose depression and any other mental health issues and offer recommendations and steps to help patients effectively manage these problems.
A doctor may recommend various options to help cope with mental health issues and depression. Sometimes, this will include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of these and other alternative therapies, depending on the patient and the severity of their symptoms. Along with these treatment options, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy may help patients manage mental health issues and depression.
Achieve TMS offers FDA-approved TMS therapy for treatment-resistant depression. Our expert medical clinicians will meet with patients to explain how TMS works and collaborate to determine if TMS therapy will help them cope with their mental health issues and depression. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-257-3193.