Your mental health is as critical to your well-being as your physical health. At Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center in Newark, New Jersey, Virginia Atieh, FNP, and Selande Charles, FNP, oversee comprehensive mental health services for you and your entire family. If you’re suffering symptoms of a condition like depression or anxiety, call today or use the online tool to schedule a visit.

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When should I seek mental health care?

When your mental health is interfering with your quality of life, it’s time to seek help. Untreated, anxiety and depression, as well as other conditions, can worsen and deeply impact your physical health, relationships, work, and enjoyment of life.

Feeling anxious or sad on occasion is completely normal. You often have these emotions in response to a specific incident, like a work deadline or death in the family. But when these feelings persist, they take a considerable toll on your life. 

Symptoms that suggest you would benefit from mental health care include:

  • Feelings of guilt and hopelessness
  • Extreme, persistent sadness
  • Excessive worry and nervousness
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Sense of doom or danger
  • Problems concentrating and focusing
  • Panic attacks with fast heart rate, lightheadedness, and nausea

Children may show mental health issues differently. They may perform poorly at school or act out in the classroom or at home. 

Who is at risk of developing mental health problems?

Anyone can develop problems like depression and anxiety. These conditions can result from issues with your hormones or brain chemistry. They also run in families. 

You may develop depression or anxiety as a result of life circumstances or:

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Chronic disease, like cancer or diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

Mental health conditions often occur together. You may become depressed due to bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another condition.

What mental health services are available?

The providers at Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center know how a mental health condition can affect every aspect of your life. Committed to helping you find a treatment plan that works, customized treatments combine counseling and medication to help you overcome symptoms and restore a high quality of life. 

What mental health concerns are treated?

The providers at Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center are experienced in diagnosing and treating anxiety and depression. They also offer comprehensive care for other mental health issues and behavioral disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 

Are mental health concerns linked to other health problems?

Mental health problems take a toll on your relationships, work-life, and schooling but also can negatively affect your physical health. Chronic anxiety and depression can increase your risk of developing heart problems, chronic pain and headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, respiratory issues, and problems with your immune system. 

Get the mental health care you and your family needs. Call Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.