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Mental Health Conditions 101: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD

Mental Health Conditions 101: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD
Mental Health Conditions 101: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Yet, sometimes it can feel less understood or even talked about. Just like physical health conditions, there's a wide range of mental health conditions that can affect people in different ways. Today, we're diving into three common ones: anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It's normal to feel anxious sometimes, especially before a big event or during stressful situations. But when anxiety becomes constant, interferes with daily life, and feels overwhelming, it can be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. Some common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worry or fear

  • Restlessness or feeling on edge

  • Irritability

  • Fatigue

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty sleeping

Living with Depression

Depression is more than just feeling down for a few days. It's a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that can impact how you feel, think, and act. Depression can affect your relationships, work, and overall well-being.

Here are some common symptoms of depression:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless most of the day, nearly every day.

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy.

  • Changes in appetite – significant weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things

  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Understanding PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Traumatic events can include things like car accidents, physical or sexual assault, war, or natural disasters.

People with PTSD may experience a range of symptoms, including:

  • Reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares

  • Avoiding reminders of the event

  • Negative thoughts and feelings about oneself or the world

  • Hypervigilance – being constantly on guard for danger

  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Trouble sleeping

It's Important to Seek Help

If you're experiencing symptoms of any of these conditions, it's important to seek help. A mental health professional can diagnose your specific condition and develop a treatment plan that's right for you. Treatment may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Here for You: Platform Behavioral Support Services

If you're in the Houston area and struggling with a mental health condition, you don't have to go through it alone. Platform Behavioral Support Services offers a variety of programs and services to help you manage your mental health and improve your overall well-being.

Accessible Care: Accepting Medicaid Insurance

We understand that cost can be a barrier to seeking mental health care. The good news is that Platform Behavioral Support Services accepts Medicaid insurance. This means that if you qualify for Medicaid, you may be able to receive affordable mental health treatment.

Reach Out Today

Don't hesitate to reach out to Platform Behavioral Support Services for a confidential consultation. Our team of qualified professionals is here to support you on your journey to mental wellness. You can contact us by calling 713-360-7375 or emailing

Remember, you're not alone. Mental health conditions are common, and there is help available. By taking care of your mental health, you're investing in your overall well-being.

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