Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression Specialist
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health problems people face. While some people have only one of these problems, others have both. Dr. Effideen Ameerally of The Medical Clinic can diagnose and treat both anxiety and depression. If you think you may be suffering from one or both of these issues, please contact the office in Mesa, Arizona, to make an appointment with Dr. Ameerally.

Anxiety & Depression Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of severe worry or dread. While everyone experiences anxiety on occasion, some people experience anxiety that is frequent or severe enough to impact their everyday lives. If you struggle with severe or chronic anxiety, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Some of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Feeling tense or nervous
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak
  • A sense of dread
  • Rapid breathing
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances

While some people experience only a few anxiety symptoms, others may experience all of these symptoms.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes intense, long-lasting feelings of sadness. Clinical depression is different from feeling “down,” which is a common emotion. Instead, depression causes a sadness so severe that you can’t function normally.

Some of the symptoms of clinical depression may include:

  • Feelings of emptiness and hopelessness
  • Tearfulness
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Lack of energy
  • Unexplained physical symptoms, such as back pain

How are these conditions diagnosed?

Dr. Ameerally diagnoses both anxiety disorders and depression based on an analysis of your symptoms. Before making a formal diagnosis, he also performs a physical exam and orders tests to rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms. Ultimately, he makes a diagnosis of depression or anxiety disorders based on the criteria contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In some cases, people have only depression or only an anxiety disorder. However, these two problems can occur together as well.

What treatments are available?

Both anxiety disorders and depression respond well to medication. To treat depression, Dr. Ameerally may prescribe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or other types of antidepressants. To treat anxiety disorders, Dr. Ameerally may prescribe antidepressants or antianxiety medications.

Anxiety disorders and depression may also respond to psychotherapy, which involves talking about your condition and finding strategies to cope with negative feelings. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and engaging in regular exercise, may be beneficial as well.

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