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What is Anxiety & Depression?

Anxiety and depression are common mental disorders characterized by excessive worry, fear, and restlessness (anxiety) or persistent sadness, loss of interest, and changes in appetite and sleep patterns (depression).

What Can Cause Anxiety & Depression?

Several factors contribute to the development of anxiety and depression, including genetics, family history, life experiences such as stress or abuse, chemical imbalances in the brain, traumatic brain injury, exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals during pregnancy, substance abuse, serious medical conditions, and social isolation.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety & Depression

The signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders include chronic worrying, restlessness, tension, rapid heartbeat, panic attacks, and intense fears. Depression is characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, fatigue, irritability, physical symptoms like headaches or digestive problems, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Do I Need to See a Doctor if I Am Suffering From Anxiety & Depression

If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, it is important to see a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. Seeking professional help allows for an accurate diagnosis and personalized care.

How is Anxiety & Depression Diagnosed?

Understanding anxiety and depression diagnosis involves looking at a lot of different things. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how you’re feeling, ask questions, and observe how you act. They’ll also ask about your medical history and your family’s history. For anxiety, they might also check your body to rule out any physical causes and might do some lab tests. After that, they’ll ask you questions to understand what type of anxiety you might have. This helps them figure out the best way to help you feel better.

How Can a Doctor Treat My Anxiety & Depression?

To help with anxiety and depression, doctors have a few options:

  • Antidepressant Medications: These are pills your doctor prescribes. They can help balance your mood and stress by adjusting certain chemicals in your brain. Some types, like SSRIs, raise the level of serotonin in your brain. Others, like SNRIs, raise serotonin levels. There are also atypical antidepressants that work differently.
  • Combination Therapy: Sometimes, doctors suggest a mix of medication and talking with a therapist. This is called combination therapy. It’s often used for more severe symptoms or if one treatment alone isn’t enough.

Remember, it’s important to talk to your doctor to figure out the best plan for you based on your own situation.

Is Anxiety & Depression Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Yes, anxiety and depression medication is covered by most insurances at Medical Offices of Manhattan. Our Primary Care Providers are able to help you.

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Medical Offices of Manhattan is one of NYC's leading multi-specialty medical groups. Located in Midtown East, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Medical Offices of Manhattan specializes in Primary Care, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Podiatry. Medical Offices of Manhattan uses the most innovative methods... Learn More »