Depression can create persistent feelings of unhappiness, fatigue, or restlessness that limit your participation in daily life and keep you from enjoying the things you once loved. Dealing with anxiety attacks is a similar ordeal: They interfere with your daily tasks and are typically out of proportion to your daily problems. Jonathan A. Herbst, MD helps people in the Port Chester, New York area manage symptoms through counseling and medication management.
Depression is a common medical illness that negatively affects feelings, thoughts, and actions. Although treatable, depression can lower your drive to perform daily necessary tasks. Severe cases of depression can also cause emotional distress, thoughts of harming one’s self, or suicide.
Feeling anxious occasionally is normal. However, patients suffering from an anxiety disorder experience extreme and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders often involve recurring episodes of sudden feelings of severe fear or terror that peak within minutes. These events are referred to as panic attacks.
Depression symptoms range from mild to severe and typically entail:
Anxiety symptoms can start in childhood and continue into adulthood. They include:
Having the desire to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Depression can affect anyone. It can even affect someone who “has it all.” Some factors typically influence a patient's likelihood of incurring depression, however:
Through counseling, Dr. Herbst can uncover the cause of your depression or anxiety. After identifying either condition’s cause, Dr. Herbst then helps you develop coping mechanisms and problem-solving techniques.
Since depression has been linked to brain chemistry, Dr. Herbst can employ medication to help you balance the chemicals in your brain and restore them to healthy levels. He can prescribe medications for anxiety, as well.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression or have already sought treatment for depression, Dr. Herbst can further help your mood improve. Call or request an appointment online today.