Healthy Mind Psychiatry
Board-Certified Psychiatrist located in Valencia, CA
Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety and depression, and many of them don’t know where to get help and are afraid to tell anyone their wrestling with their mental health. However, you don’t need to suffer in silence! Ananya Sreepathi, MD, and the team at Healthy Mind Psychiatry in Valencia, California, are committed to finding a unique treatment that will help you conquer your depression and anxiety and live a better life.
Anxiety and Depression Q & A
What are anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression are both common mental health disorders that can range from mild to debilitating. Though these conditions are similar in some ways and often overlap with each other, they are separate conditions that often need to be dealt with individually.
Anxiety, or worry and apprehension, is a normal reaction to many of life’s stressors. Usually, anxiety symptoms cause feelings of restlessness, panic, and being high-strung. You may feel anxious about your family, health, job responsibilities, schoolwork, and day-to-day responsibilities. When anxiety is severe enough to affect your daily life, work, and relationships, you may need to seek treatment.
Depression is a severe mental illness that causes feelings of apathy, sadness, and extreme levels of hopelessness. When left untreated, depression can lead to withdrawal, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, self-destructive behaviors, and suicidal thoughts. Treatment is important to avoid worsening symptoms and to keep you living your best life.
What causes anxiety and depression?
The causes of your anxiety and depression aren’t always clear. A full assessment is necessary to fully understand factors that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Several factors may be underlying your emotional and mental symptoms, including:
- Hormone imbalance
- Unbalanced nutrition
- Stressful lifestyle
- Medication side effects
- Life circumstances
- Other health conditions
It is important to understand how each of these factors can interact with one another, causing worsening of your symptoms or keeping you from your optimal health.
What are the treatment options for anxiety and depression?
At Healthy Mind Psychiatry, the team begins treatment for depression or anxiety with a comprehensive evaluation to develop a thorough understanding of your condition and to confirm your diagnosis.
Initial assessments can take 90 minutes or longer but should feel like a conversation where you answer a lot of questions about your life and circumstances.
Once your provider understands your symptoms and condition, they work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to address your needs. Your treatment plan may include medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications.
Many patients benefit from medicines that help control their symptoms so they can focus their energy on developing an understanding of the underlying issues that contribute to their symptoms. You will also learn techniques to adjust your behavior in response to negative thoughts or feelings.
Dr. Sreepathi is a Board-certified Psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Call us to book your appointment today.