Are you plagued by feelings of sadness, guilt, and frustration? Or perhaps you’re consumed with worry and experience overwhelming sensations of panic? These are all symptoms of depression and anxiety, a group of conditions that affect 1 in 20 Americans over the age of 12. These conditions can be treated effectively. At Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, California, primary care physician Dr. Wong provides compassionate care for anxiety and depression. Call or book an appointment online today to get started with your treatment.
Although depression and anxiety are two distinct psychological disorders, many people suffer from both, either simultaneously or at different times in their lives.
If you continually feel sad, irritable, frustrated, or disengaged from life, you could be depressed. When you’re depressed, it’s often hard to find pleasure in anything (even activities you used to enjoy). In its worst forms, depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.
By contrast, anxiety can seem like the flip side of depression. You may feel wound up and worried much of the time, and it may be difficult to relax. Panic attacks and social-anxiety disorders are two extreme types of anxiety.
Research shows that depression and anxiety results when there aren’t enough neurons to support healthy neural activity. Medications like antidepressants can help this by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters, which in turn sparks the creation of new neurons. However, medications aren't the exclusive means for managing depression.
Genetics play a role in the health of your brain, as do environmental and psychological issues. Your risk of developing anxiety and depression can be influenced by:
Although the symptoms below are often associated with depression and anxiety, they are not meant for self-diagnosis. If you continually experience any of these issues, you should see Dr. Wong for an evaluation:
Symptoms of anxiety include:
Relieving your depression and anxiety can require a multifaceted program that includes behavioral therapy, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, vitamins, natural supplements, and when appropriate, antidepressant medications. When you meet with Dr. Wong, he will evaluate your condition and determine the best mix of therapies for you.
Depression and anxiety rob your vitality and dampen your enjoyment of life. There’s no reason to live in suffering. Using a combination of medical and holistic practices, Dr. Wong can help you conquer depression and anxiety, and restore your quality of life.