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Anxiety And Depression Specialist

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC -  - Advanced Practice Nurse

Optimal Health Medical Clinic

Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse located in Mesa, AZ

Anxiety and depression affect millions of Americans, making it difficult to work, spend time with friends, or perform other routine tasks. At Optimal Health Medical Clinic, Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC, and the team boast years of experience diagnosing and treating anxiety and depression. To make an in-person or telemedicine appointment at the practice in Mesa, Arizona, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.

Anxiety and Depression

What are anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common types of mental illness. Though they’re frequently mentioned together, anxiety and depression are actually two different things:

Anxiety

Anxiety is a stress response that causes your heart to beat rapidly and your palms to sweat. It’s a normal reaction to fear or apprehension, but if it persists for days or weeks at a time, it may point to an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders trigger a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that interfere with your daily life.

Depression

Depression is a chronic condition characterized by feelings of sadness or disinterest. Everyone feels sad on occasion, but depression lasts for weeks or even months, making it difficult to focus or get things done. There’s no cure for depression, but with routine checkups and medication, it's possible to minimize the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression affect everyone differently, but there are key signs to watch out for:

Anxiety

Common symptoms of anxiety include rapid breathing, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and frequent urination. You might also find yourself feeling worried or fearful, even in relaxing situations, like trying to fall asleep at night.

Depression

Common symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, reduced appetite, sleep disturbances, or loss of interest in hobbies or activities. Over time, depression can also trigger unexplained physical symptoms like back pain or headaches.

How are anxiety and depression diagnosed?

To diagnose anxiety and depression, Lilian and the team review your medical history and ask about your symptoms and lifestyle, including if you smoke or drink alcohol, how often you exercise, and if any activities seem to trigger your symptoms.

Afterward, Lilian and the team have you fill out a questionnaire. Then, they conduct a neurological and physical exam. If Lilian suspects your symptoms are due to an underlying health problem, she might also order laboratory tests like a blood panel or urinalysis.

How are anxiety and depression treated?

Treatment of anxiety and depression depends on several factors, including your age, medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. 

Following a comprehensive exam, Lilian and the team might recommend:

  • Eating a more balanced, nutritious diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Taking steps to manage stress
  • Prescription medication
  • Counseling or talk therapy

Some people benefit from one or two treatments, while others benefit from a combination of several. 

To further explore treatment for anxiety and depression, make an appointment at Optimal Health Medical Clinic by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.