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How Anxiety & Depression Impacts Your Physical Health

March 30, 2022

Anxiety and depression can have a significant impact on your physical health. People with anxiety and depression are at an increased risk for developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

One of the main reasons why anxiety and depression affect your physical health is because these conditions lead to unhealthy behaviors. People with anxiety and depression are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and eat unhealthy foods. They are also less likely to exercise and get the recommended amount of sleep.

Anxiety and depression can also affect your physical health because they cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a process that occurs when the body's immune system responds to injury or infection. It is believed that inflammation plays a role in the development of many chronic health conditions.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, fear, or unease. It is normal to feel anxious in certain situations, such as when you are faced with a difficult decision or when you are meeting new people. However, if you find yourself feeling anxious regularly, then you may have an anxiety disorder.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Each type of anxiety disorder has its own set of symptoms.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive worry and anxiety about everyday tasks. People with GAD may feel overwhelmed by minor tasks or have a hard time relaxing.
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a condition where people have an intense fear of being judged or embarrassed in social situations. They may avoid social events altogether or only attend events that they know they will be comfortable in.
  • Panic disorder is a condition where people experience sudden and intense panic attacks. A panic attack is a feeling of terror that comes on suddenly and without warning. During a panic attack, a person may feel like they are having a heart attack or going crazy.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness. It is normal to experience occasional bouts of depression, but if you are experiencing these symptoms regularly, then you may have depression.

There are several types of depression, including major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Each type of depression has its own set of symptoms.

  • Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition where a person experiences symptoms of depression almost every day for at least two weeks. MDD can interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.
  • Dysthymic disorder (DD) is a condition where a person has a low-grade depression that lasts for at least two years. DD can make it hard to function normally and can often lead to other mental health conditions such as anxiety and alcohol abuse.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months. People with SAD typically experience symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, and feelings of sadness.

How Deep TMS Can Help

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (Deep TMS) is a treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of depression and has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Deep TMS is a non-invasive treatment, which means that it does not involve surgery or medications. It is a safe and effective treatment that is well-tolerated by patients.

At Duluth TMS, we offer Deep TMS for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. If you are struggling with these conditions, then please call us today or email us. We would be happy to discuss this treatment with you and see if it is the right fit for you.

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