Mental Health Specialist

ALON Family Health

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

Over 43.8 million adults and 13% of American children experience mental illness, but only 41% of adults and 50% of children get help. Don't take mental health conditions lightly; they negatively affect an individual’s personality, thought process, and their ability to participate fully in life. Fortunately, with adequate care from the team at ALON Family Health in San Antonio, Texas, you and your loved ones can find relief from your mental health symptoms and live your fullest and best life. Call or book an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q & A

ALON Family Health

What is mental illness?

Mental illness conditions significantly affect your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and reduce the quality of your life. They cause distress and problems in functioning in normal social, work, or family activities.

Some of the common mental health conditions include:

Depression

Depression leads to loss of interest in your normal activities and relationships. It causes intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that last for weeks or months. In extreme cases, it may lead to dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

It’s important to understand that depression is different from grief or sadness which are normal reactions to personal loss. You may have depression if you have:

  • Intense feelings of guilt
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities
  • Suicidal thoughts

Anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder is a group of mental illnesses that manifest as extreme worry, nervousness, panic, or fear that is constant and overwhelming. It includes panic attacks and social anxiety disorder. This disorder is more extreme and debilitating than the usual concern you might feel over a stressful project at work or taking a test.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness conditions significantly affect your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and reduce the quality of your life. They cause distress and problems in functioning in normal social, work, or family activities.

Some of the common mental health conditions include:

Depression

Depression leads to loss of interest in your normal activities and relationships. It causes intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that last for weeks or months. In extreme cases, it may lead to dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

It’s important to understand that depression is different from grief or sadness which are normal reactions to personal loss. You may have depression if you have:

  • Intense feelings of guilt
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities
  • Suicidal thoughts

Anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder is a group of mental illnesses that manifest as extreme worry, nervousness, panic, or fear that is constant and overwhelming. It includes panic attacks and social anxiety disorder. This disorder is more extreme and debilitating than the usual concern you might feel over a stressful project at work or taking a test.

What causes mental illness?

The exact cause of most mental health conditions is unknown. However, psychiatrists and medical researchers agree that biological imbalances or a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors could trigger depression, anxiety, and other disorders. They include:

  • Heredity/genetics
  • Abnormal functioning of nerve cell circuits
  • Brain defects or injury
  • Long-term substance abuse
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Stressful and/or traumatic events
  • Serious illnesses
  • Certain medications
  • Personality factors like pessimism or low self-esteem

How is mental illness treated?

The team at ALON Family Health create an appropriate treatment plan after an initial consultation where they discuss your symptoms and collect your medical history.

Following a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health conditions, the team offers a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns.

Your treatment may include one or more of the following.

  • Medication
  • Counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Brain stimulation therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications to help manage, reduce, or remove your symptoms

If you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, call or book a consultation online today at ALON Family Health.