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Anxiety disorder & depression

Explore the symptoms of anxiety and depression and how we can help.

Anxiety disorder

While some anxiety or worry may be normal in certain situations, such as a first date or public speaking, a true anxiety disorder includes all the feelings that come with normal anxiety, but they can’t be turned-off or rationalized. The anxious feelings are exaggerated, out of control and disruptive in the person’s life.

TRICARE covers mental/behavioral healthcare that is medically or psychologically necessary. There are many different types of outpatient and inpatient mental/behavioral healthcare and the coverage varies by the type of care.

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Anxiety symptoms

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. At least three of the following symptoms need to be present for six months for diagnosis:

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Aches or pain

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Easily fatigued

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Restlessness

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Sleep disturbances

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Irritability

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Trouble focusing

Depression

When people complain about feeling "blah" or feeling down, it can be caused by events or stress that catch the person off-guard and ill-equipped to handle it in that moment. The big difference in the blues and major depression is bad feelings pass fairly quickly (in a few days or less) in comparison to true major depression where the symptoms will progressively intensify and be on-going without intervention. TRICARE covers mental/behavioral healthcare that is medically or psychologically necessary. Coverage varies by the type of care.

Depression symptoms

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Ongoing sad, anxious or empty feelings (two weeks or more), feelings of hopelessness, feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, feeling irritable or restless, loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable, including sex, feeling tired all the time, difficulty concentrating, remembering details or difficulty making decisions, feelings interfere with work or regular routine, not able to go to sleep or stay asleep (insomnia); may wake in the middle of the night or sleep all the time, overeating or loss of appetite, continual thoughts of suicide, making suicide plans or attempts, ongoing aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not go away, social isolation or physical slowing or agitation for more than a few days. At least three of these symptoms need to be present for six months for diagnosis.


Depression symptoms

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing these symptoms.
At least three of the following symptoms need to be present for six months for diagnosis:

  • Social isolation
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings interfere with work or regular routine
  • Physical slowing or agitation for more than a few days
  • Ongoing sad, anxious or empty feelings lasting two weeks or more
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or difficulty making decisions
  • Ongoing aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not go away
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Feeling irritable or restless
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Not able to go to sleep or stay asleep; may wake in the middle of the night
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable, including sex
  • Continual thoughts of suicide, making suicide plans or attempts

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Anxiety and depression community group

We invite you to participate in our virtual community group offerings. Each meeting is led by a disease management clinician providing education and facilitating discussions focused on anxiety and depression management and group support. Participants share their successes as well as their struggles with exercise, stress management, triggers of anxiety or depression and positive coping tools. Participants are asked to maintain confidentiality of information disclosed during the group.

Register now to join in and to share your struggles and successes in our next community group meeting. Let us help you on your journey to optimal well-being.

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Tuesday | June 26, 2018 1:00PM  Register now
Tuesday | July 10, 2018 1:00PM Register now
Tuesday | July 24, 2018 1:00PM Register now
Tuesday | August 7, 2018 1:00PM Register now
Tuesday | August 21, 2018 1:00PM Register now

Please note, this group is not intended for crisis management. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or contact the crisis hotline at 1.800.273.8255, available 24/7. Please contact your clinician if you have any questions.