According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in 2008, about 7 percent of the population in Colorado met the criteria for depression in a survey and another 12 percent had been diagnosed with anxiety at some point in their lives. Both diagnoses are the most common across the country, and both are highly treatable.
The Risks of Untreated Depression and Anxiety
Across the country, patients who struggle with depression and anxiety and don’t get the mental health treatment they need to heal will experience a number of problems, including:
- Increased risk of morbidity
- Increased risk of mortality
- Poor quality of life
- Increased risk of noncompliance for other medical treatments
- Increased severity of disease
In addition to living with the fear, sadness, sleep disruptions, disruption to eating, interpersonal relationship issues and other problems caused by either disorder, these untreated mental health issues can shorten your life.
Depression and Anxiety Treatment Are Just a Phone Call Away
Getting help for a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety is as easy as picking up the phone. It may be the last phone call you want to make, but it’s the one that will do the most to improve your life. You can do it. If you are living in Longmont, CO with symptoms of depression or anxiety, don’t wait to take that first step toward the life you imagine for yourself. Contact us now.
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