Depression And Anxiety

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

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 and Anxiety Q & A

What are depression and anxiety?

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.

What are the symptoms of depression and anxiety?

Depression symptoms range from mild to severe and typically entail:

  • Feeling persistently sad
  • Weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity or slowed movements and speech
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Anxiety symptoms can start in childhood and continue into adulthood. They include:

  • Feeling restless, nervous, or tense
  • Having difficulties sleeping
  • Feelings of impending danger, doom, or panic
  • Having an elevated heart rate
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Having problems controlling worry
  • Trembling, sweating, or breathing rapidly
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal problems

Having the desire to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Are some people more likely to be depressed than others?

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:

  • Biochemistry: differences in the brain's chemical levels may contribute to symptoms of depression
  • Genetics: depression often runs in the family
  • Personality: people with pessimistic outlooks or who do not handle stress well
  • Environmental factors: neglect or abuse can lead to depression

How are depression and anxiety treated?

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.