There’s a lot going on in your head. Physically and mentally.
Headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, dementia, and dizziness. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
What are Headaches and Migraines?
A headache is pain in the head or neck. Because the brain does not have nerves, the pain comes from the tissues around the skull or brain.
A migraine is a recurrent, pounding headache that typically affects one side of the head. Migraines are commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, tingling in the extremities and visual impairments.
Causes of Headaches and Migraines
Because there are different types of headaches, there are different types of causes. Some of those are:
Tension headaches – Caused by stress, anxiety, depression or hormonal changes
Cluster headaches – Caused by heavy smoking habits, alcohol, changes in sleep patterns, or hormone imbalances
Migraines – Caused by genetics, environmental triggers, or changes in hormone levels
What is Depression?
Depression is a common mental health condition and mood disorder with swings of extreme feelings of sadness and loneliness. It is caused by a real chemical imbalance in the brain and most of the time needs some type of treatment plan for you to improve.
Symptoms of Depression
It’s normal to be sad or lonely from time to time, but if this becomes a common recurrence, it may be clinical depression which may be accompanied by:
- Excessive, prolonged sadness
- Overwhelming feeling of hopelessness
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mental health condition that creates feelings of worry, concern or fear that are strong enough to interfere with daily activities. Just like depression, it is due to a chemical imbalance that usually requires a treatment plan for improvement.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Life is stressful but if these feelings persist we should discuss treatment options. The following are some common symptoms:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Feeling a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Trouble focusing on anything but the present worry
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an overarching term that describes various symptoms and levels of cognitive decline such as memory loss. It is actually a symptom of potential underlying brain disorders.
Symptoms of Dementia
Being a catch-all for a variety of cognitive concerns, Dementia may include:
- Limited or impaired social skills
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Visual impairments
Sunnyvale Primary Care Can Help
As you can see, we treat a variety of head conditions. Dr. Kam and Dr. Fontenot along with the rest of the team here at Sunnyvale Primary Care are dedicated to making you feel comfortable as we improve your health and well-being.