Performances by singers and artistes entertain people, uplift their mood, and help them transcend into a new world full of happiness, positivity and energy. However, many times these performers themselves need help to find positivity and happiness due to some mental health problems.
One such case is of pop star Selena Gomez, 24, who is undergoing treatment for anxiety, depression and panic attacks at a rehabilitation center in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the US Weekly, the singer will not be making any new music and would be completely focusing on her mental health.
After announcing the cancellation of her remaining 34 “Revival” tour dates on August 30, 2016, the singer checked into the facility which is a private and quiet place. It is a women’s facility and is located in a secluded wooded area. In 2014, Gomez went into a rehab for the treatment of Lupus, which she still suffers from. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body.
As per reports, Gomez, who checked into the facility for a 60-day treatment program, is responding well to her treatment and appears to be in good health. Citing Gomez, the People said that the singer wanted to be proactive and focus completely on her health and happiness. She also said that she knew that she was not alone and hopes to encourage others to address their own issues.
Anxiety and depression are different problems
Anxiety and depression are different disorders. People suffering from depression experience symptoms such as irritability, nervousness and sleeping problems which are common to anxiety disorder. If it is possible to develop depression symptoms due to anxiety, it is also possible to have both anxiety and depression.
There is no evidence that one disorder causes the other one, but they are commonly found together. A person suffering from depression, despite having the belief that the future is less bright, can fear things to get worse. Similarly, someone dealing with anxiety issues can experience hopelessness and become depressed.
Causes and symptoms of anxiety and depression
Anxiety disorders are characterized by symptoms involving anxious thoughts about the future, self-protective behavior, and a sense of doubt. Depression is characterized by hopelessness, appetite changes, difficulty making decisions, and suicidal thoughts.
Though both anxiety and depression can make a person feel fatigued, the rest of the physical symptoms can be very different. A person suffering from an anxiety disorder can show symptoms like faster heart rate, sweating, nausea, dizziness, shaking and bowel disorders. A depressed person may experience symptoms like complete lack of emotion, sleeping problems, severe lack of energy and severe appetite changes.
Some of the anxiety disorders include phobias, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder. Depression can include seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, and bipolar disorder.
Treatment for anxiety and depression
The exact treatment for anxiety disorder and depression depends on the type of the disorder diagnosed. Once diagnosed, such disorders can be treated by combining lifestyle changes, medication and therapies, including psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The line of treatment can include the following steps:
Medication: Antidepressants, such as bupropion and mirtazapine, can treat both anxiety and depression. It may take a few weeks or months for the medication to work.
Therapies: Some types of therapies that can be used to treat anxiety and depression at the same time are cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and therapies involving problem-solving.
Diet and lifestyle change: To treat both anxiety and depression, a diet consisting of lean protein, fruits and vegetables can be beneficial. Exercise and relaxation techniques, such as brisk walking, yoga, or meditation, can help in the treatment of anxiety and depression.
Recovery road map
Due to their overlapping nature, it can be difficult to differentiate the symptoms of anxiety disorder from depression. An individual suffering from both the disorders needs to have a comprehensive treatment.
If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental disorder, such as anxiety or depression, contact Sovereign Health to know more about the various depression treatment centers in California and anxiety treatment centers in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online to get more information on various mental health centers in California.