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Anxiety And Depression

Jeffery Tun, MD

Primary Care Physicians located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY

Depression and anxiety can be debilitating. At the office of Jeffery Tun, MD, in Midtown East, Manhattan in New York City, you get support and treatment for these mental health issues so you can return to a higher quality of life. Don’t delay in getting help. Call the New York City office today or use this website to schedule your appointment online with Dr. Tun. 

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

When should I seek help for anxiety and depression?

Sometimes anxiety is expected, like before a major test or work presentation. Periods of sadness or despair are also normal. But, when these conditions persist for several weeks and interfere with your daily life and relationships, it’s time to seek help. 

Be concerned about anxiety that causes extreme:

  • Restlessness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nightmares and flashbacks
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension

Anxiety can show up as an inability to control worry and doomsday thinking. The condition can cause anxiety attacks that result in a racing heart, trouble breathing, and uncontrollable shaking.

Depression can exist separately from anxiety or coexist. Depression symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in things that once brought you joy are of great concern. You may lose (or gain) weight, disconnect from social activities, sleep excessively, or consider self-harm. 

What causes anxiety and depression?

There’s no one singular cause of anxiety and depression. Factors that contribute to its development include:

Family history

Anxiety and depression can have a genetic component. If other people in your family have struggled with these mental health issues, you are at greater risk of developing them. 

Hormonal and chemical imbalances

An imbalance in the neurotransmitters in your brain or in hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, can also contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms. 

Nutrition deficiencies

When you’re not getting enough of certain nutrients, depression can develop. Common deficiencies that contribute to mental health disorders include omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals, and certain amino acids that are important to the production and function of neurotransmitters. 

Medical conditions

Chronic pain, attention-deficit disorder, or chronic disease can also lead to the development of anxiety and depression. 

How do you treat anxiety and depression?

Dr. Tun makes finding the root cause of your depression or anxiety a priority so he can create a treatment plan that helps you find long-term relief from these mental conditions.

Lifestyle and behavior changes can decrease the severity of your anxiety or depression. If nutritional deficiencies or stress are elevating your mental health condition, he may recommend supplements or dietary changes and stress-reduction measures like meditation, breathwork, and massage.

Dr. Tun can run screening tests to check your hormone levels. If they’re low enough to affect your mental health, he’ll offer hormone replacement therapy to correct imbalances that play a role in anxiety and depression.

Prescription medications and talk therapy are other powerful ways to treat depression and anxiety.

If you’re concerned about anxiety and/or depression, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tun today. Call the office or use this website to schedule online.

Notes:

References:

https://www.medicinenet.com/what_are_the_root_causes_of_anxiety_and_depression/article.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

https://www.verywellmind.com/cortisol-and-depression-1066764