Eating healthy and exercising are positive and important lifestyle habits. They are not, however, treatments for anxiety and depression. Of course, you should continue to eat well and to exercise, but these should be seen as things to help your mental health — not to take the place of mental health treatment.
Children can experience anxiety. It’s possible that you have been experiencing anxiety since you were a child, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be helped. Both anxiety and depression are common and highly treatable mental health conditions. Psychotherapy and medication are effective treatments for both conditions.
It’s a mistake to think that you are out of options when in actuality you have yet to try the recommended first-line treatment. The vast majority of people who seek treatment for anxiety and depression improve with professional treatment. I would recommend consulting a mental health professional. Talk to them on the phone and then choose the one with whom you feel the strongest and most positive connection. The Find Help tab, at the top of this page, can help you locate a mental health professional in your community. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle