Anxiety and Depression Treatment with Psychiatry

We're often asked about treatment of anxiety and depression. Our approach to both conditions is a bit more unique than other psychiatric providers. While some providers tend or even prefer to simply prescribe medications, we take a more complete approach, that considers genetics, current environment and lifestyle, past traumas, current social support systems and your overall mental wellness.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a mental health professional as soon as possible. After you have set up your appointment, here are resources on Psychology Today that can help you better understand these conditions, treatments and improved outcomes.

Anxiety information is available here and Depression information is here.

Studies have found, that in the U.S. women are far more likely than men to seek treatment for depression—as with all other conditions. Nevertheless, it is extremely important for anyone suffering to take steps to treat depression to the point of remission—and several months beyond, which is the generally recognized standard of care. While episodes of depression may eventually lift by themselves, that may take many months of physical and mental pain, sadness, and disinterest in life, and can be very costly to self, relationships, and work. There is considerable evidence that the longer a depression episode lasts, the more likely are future episodes of greater intensity. That said, there are many effective treatments for depression, including psychotherapy, which aims to correct the errors of thought and belief that unwittingly underlie depression and to facilitate strategies for coping with stress; medication to provide relief of symptoms, including suicidal ideation, or to facilitate intensive psychotherapy; neuromodulation, involving methods of directly stimulating neural circuitry to restore effective communication between key areas of brain function. There are also many natural or lifestyle measures that individuals can take on their own, from diet and simple exercise to joining a chorus and practicing meditation. Studies repeatedly show that psychotherapy is at least as effective as medication, and the most effective treatment for many people may be a combination of both.

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