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Anxiety And Depression

Yager Family Medicine

Family Practice Physicians and Primary Care Practice located in Chamblee, GA and servicing the Metro Atlanta Area

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders, affecting more than 46.8 million Americans combined. Left unmanaged, anxiety and depression can interfere with daily activities and your ability to spend time with friends or family. At Yager Family Medicine in Chamblee, Georgia, family practice physician Joshua Yager, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating both anxiety and depression. To request your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What are anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are two mental health disorders that affect the way you think, feel, and behave. Almost everyone feels anxious and/or sad from time to time, but if these feelings persist or prevent you from participating in routine activities, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem like an anxiety disorder or clinical depression.

At Yager Family Medicine, Dr. Yager firmly believes that mental and physical health directly affect one another. By pinpointing and treating the underlying cause of your symptoms, you can achieve a happier, healthier, and longer life.

With proper diagnoses and treatment of anxiety and depression, you’re also less likely to experience associated health problems, like heart disease, digestive issues, chronic pain, and insomnia.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety affects everyone differently, but there are signs to watch out for, including:

Feelings of nervousness or restlessness A rapid heart rate Trembling Trouble sleeping Gastrointestinal problems Trouble concentrating Panic attacks

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you might also go out of your way to avoid certain activities, including leaving the house.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Like anxiety, depression affects everyone differently. Common telltale signs of depression include:

  • Feelings of sadness that last for weeks or months at a time
  • Loss of interest in sex, exercise, or socialization
  • Reduced appetite
  • Feelings of worthlessness Unexplained aches and pains

You might also experience recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

What is the process for diagnosing anxiety and depression?

To diagnose anxiety and depression, Dr. Yager conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms. He might also order laboratory tests or other screening procedures to rule out underlying health problems that may require treatment.

Dr. Yager understands that conditions like anxiety and depression can be difficult or even painful to discuss. He works to provide a confidential, nonjudgmental evaluation, where you can feel safe, respected, and heard.

What is the process for treating anxiety and depression?

Treatment for anxiety and depression depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Yager screens all of his patients annually for depression and anxiety. Depending on your individual needs, he might recommend prescription medications or talk therapy to improve your quality of life. If necessary, he can also refer you to a counselor or other mental health experts in the area.

To request an appointment for anxiety and depression, call the office or book online today.