Thomas Family Practice
Family Medicine located in Houston, TX
Depression and anxiety can make even the smallest task feel overwhelming, negatively impacting your quality of life. At Thomas Family Practice in Houston, Dr. Sally Thomas takes care of women and men who feel overwhelmed with depression and anxiety, or who’d like to learn how to manage their symptoms. Contact the friendly bilingual office staff today by phone or book an appointment online to learn more about how you can continue to lead a healthy life with depression or anxiety.
Depression & Anxiety Q & A
What is the difference between depression and anxiety?
Depression and anxiety are different conditions. Depression is the cause of long-lasting feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and intense sadness. If you’re struggling with depression, these emotions can feel overwhelming, to the point where your judgment, behaviors, and thoughts can become unhealthy.
Anxiety leads to intense fear or worry, so overwhelming that you may avoid activities or events you normally enjoy. In severe cases of anxiety, panic attacks occur when triggered by an emotional stressor.
How do you know if you suffer from depression or anxiety?
Dr. Thomas provides her expert clinical diagnosis through a series of conversations and examinations. During your initial consultation, expect to discuss your symptoms and state of mind. Voicing your concerns can allow you to overcome a difficulty or avoid harming yourself as a consequence of your hardship.
The common warning signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety include:
- Intense sadness or overwhelming feelings of stress
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and worthlessness
- Changes in sleep patterns or irregular appetite
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities
- Concentration difficulties or inability to focus
- Panic attacks or refraining from enjoyable activities
If you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s critical to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Afterward, Dr. Thomas and her caring team provide support to help prevent future suicidal ideation.
What causes depression and anxiety?
Depression and anxiety don’t have a precise cause, although brain chemistry can provoke various psychological reactions. For instance, because serotonin and dopamine are responsible for maintaining energy and a good mood, any imbalances of these chemicals can lead to severe mood fluctuations.
Other reasons why you may experience depression and anxiety include:
- A family history of mental health issues
- Childhood or adult abuse issues
- Job loss or death of a significant other
- Traumatic episodes, such as car accidents
Feeling down or stressed out occasionally is common, but if symptoms last more than two weeks or affect your daily life, it’s important to see Dr. Thomas and the team at Thomas Family Practice right away.
How are depression and anxiety treated?
The most common treatment for depression and anxiety is conventional talk therapy (psychotherapy), Dr. Thomas prescribes medications if necessary. She may also run medical tests to determine if underlying causes like thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, or vitamin deficiencies are responsible for your symptoms.
If an underlying cause isn’t the problem, Dr. Thomas may prescribe medication, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, to target the following symptoms:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Dysthymia (low mood for at least two years)
Successful treatments for depression and anxiety are available with proper care from dedicated and attentive doctors like Dr. Thomas. Together, you can significantly reduce the overwhelming and potentially life-threatening impact of depression.
Book your evaluation either online or over the phone.