Anxiety and Depression Q & A
What is anxiety?
Anxiety and anxiety disorders involve intense, ongoing fear and worry about everyday situations. For patients with anxiety, the worry and fear they experience is usually disproportionate to the actual situation and sometimes culminates in a frightening panic attack.
In the U.S., three million people suffer from generalized anxiety disorder which is severe ongoing anxiety that lasts anywhere from a few years to a lifetime. Some anxiety disorder symptoms include:
Feelings of impending doom
Increased heart rate
What is depression?
No one is immune from life’s challenges. Painful situations like losing a loved one or going through a divorce inevitably cause sadness. For patients with depression, these feelings are intense and persistent.
Though not always the case, depression seems to manifest differently in men, women, and children. Women tend to experience feelings of guilt and worthlessness. In men, depression often leads to reckless behavior. Teens with depression can be irritable, moody and are more likely to get in trouble at school.
Because patients with depression often withdraw from loved ones, abuse drugs and alcohol, and have thoughts of suicide, early intervention and treatment are essential.
Symptoms of depression include:
Feeling down or hopeless
Poor eating habits
Thoughts of self-harm
How are anxiety and depression treated?
Your anxiety or depression screening with Dr. Rabadi is the first step toward relief from these symptoms that impact your daily life. After performing a physical examination to rule out any possible medical conditions, he assesses your symptoms using criteria provided by the American Psychiatric Association.
After confirming that you suffer from an anxiety disorders or depression, he recommends three courses of treatment:
A healthy lifestyle improves symptoms. Exercise is a natural, proven stress-reducer. A well-balanced, nutritious diet wards off illness and fatigue. Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation help ease anxiety.
Antidepressants, beta-blockers, and anti-anxiety drugs manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. Because these medications work differently for everyone, Dr. Rabadi works extensively to find the right fit for every patient.
Dr. Rabadi often recommends psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” in conjunction with lifestyle changes and medication. He can refer you to a trusted therapist as part of your personalized treatment plan.
Call or go online to book your anxiety or depression screening today.
Ammir Rabadi, M.D.
Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Yonkers, NY
Everyone experiences fear and sadness periodically. For some people, those feelings are so pervasive that they become debilitating. Fortunately, these conditions are highly treatable. At his private family medicine practice in Yonkers, New York, Dr. Rabadi tackles anxiety disorders with an integrated treatment approach that addresses the whole person, not just the symptoms. Call or go online to schedule a screening for anxiety and depression with Dr. Rabadi.