Mental Health Specialist

Nation's Best Family Health Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Panama City, FL

More than 50% of Americans will experience a mental health problem at some time during their lives. If you regularly find yourself feeling depressed, anxious, or generally upset, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Nation’s Best Family Health Care in Panama City, Florida, works with people of all ages to identify and treat mental health problems. Among the most common of these problems are bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and generalized anxiety. To request an appointment, call the office today, or book a consultation online.

Mental Health Q&A

What is mental health?

Mental health is a branch of medicine focused on your cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Although they’re hard to talk about, mental illnesses are common, affecting one in five Americans each year.

When left untreated, mental illness can affect your outlook, mindset, and quality of life. Over time, this can make it difficult to work, spend time with friends and family, and to take part in activities you used to love.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is a blanket term for many conditions that affect the way you feel and think. They can also affect your ability to handle adversity and life’s many challenges. Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes mental illness. Several things, including genetics, environment, and daily habits, are thought to play a role.

Almost everyone feels sad or upset from time to time, but if these feelings last for more than a few days, it could point to a more serious mental health problem.

What are some common mental health problems?

Nation’s Best Family Health Care diagnoses and treats a variety of mental health problems, including:

Bipolar disorder

It used to be called manic-depressive disorder. Now called bipolar affective disorder, this mental illness is marked by episodes of extreme excitement or happiness followed by bouts of deep depression. These extremes affect your energy levels and make it difficult to make good decisions.

Everyone experiences occasional mood swings, but those caused by bipolar disorder are much more intense.

Clinical depression

Clinical depression is a chronic mental illness that causes extreme feelings of sadness and/or hopelessness. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, clinical depression can trigger suicidal thoughts or actions.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

It’s normal to feel nervous before a date or a work presentation. If you constantly feel anxious, though, it could be due to a generalized anxiety disorder. About 3% of Americans suffer from GAD. People with GAD experience worry and anxiety throughout the day, which can interfere with their ability to work and accomplish necessary tasks.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder shows up after a traumatic event like a natural disaster, automobile accident, or military combat. Symptoms of PTSD include frequent flashbacks, feelings of tension and anxiety, and being easily startled.

If you’re worried about your mental health, request an appointment at Nation’s Best Family Health Care. Call the office today to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.