Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions, as depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States in people ages 15-44. If persistent sadness or persistent worry negatively impact your life, board-certified internal medicine physician Rudy Juburi, MD, in Bryans Road, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia, can provide support. He uses natural remedies or medications to ease symptoms so you can enjoy life to its fullest. Call Rudy Juburi, MD, for an appointment, book online, or simply walk in.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What are anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, as many people suffer from both of these mental health conditions. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reduced appetite, weight loss, or weight gain
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Anxiety is another symptom of depression. Signs of anxiety include feeling nervous, anxious, restless, panicked, fearful, and constantly worrying.

What causes anxiety and depression?

The cause of anxiety and depression isn’t entirely understood but is probably a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Traumatic events, such as a death in the family or abuse, may trigger anxiety disorders and depression in people who are prone to these mental health conditions.

Inherited traits, brain chemistry, family history of depression or anxiety, and hormone imbalances might also be to blame.

What is the treatment for anxiety and depression?

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, Dr. Juburi reviews your medical history and asks you questions about your symptoms. If you have a mental health condition that negatively impacts your everyday life, he might suggest:

Talk therapy

Talking with a professional one-on-one or in a group setting can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety so you can lead a normal, fulfilling life.

Medications

Taking certain medications may help ease anxiety and depression symptoms.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

If you’re unwilling or unable to take depression medications, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) might be a good option for you. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells within your brain involved in mood regulation.

Supplements

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Juburi might recommend dietary supplements to ease mood disorder symptoms and help you feel better.

Other natural remedies

Natural remedies that may improve depression or anxiety symptoms include massage, acupuncture, exercise, meditation, and other relaxation techniques. Dr. Juburi lets you know if natural remedies are a good fit for you.

Don’t let feeling sad or anxious hinder your quality of life. Call Rudy Juburi, MD for an appointment, book online, or simply walk in today.