Anxiety And Depression Specialist

Complete Care Physicians

Shruja Patel, M.D.

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Katy, TX

Anxiety and depression may occur together or separately. In any case, these disorders can disrupt a patient’s life significantly. Shruja Patel, MD, and the team at Complete Care Physicians offer effective treatment options for patients with anxiety and depression in Katy, Texas. Patients with these issues should contact Complete Care Physicians to schedule an appointment.

Anxiety and Depression Q&A

What is anxiety?

Most patients describe anxiety as a feeling of worry or dread. These feelings are common and don’t always indicate a problem when they occur infrequently. However, when patients worry continuously, they may have an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders may be:

  • Easily fatigued
  • Irritable
  • Restless
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Unable to control the worry

What is depression?

Depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness or hopelessness that persists for at least two weeks. In addition to sadness, some of the symptoms of depression may include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Pessimism
  • Feeling empty
  • Feeling worthless
  • Guilt
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Appetite changes
  • Thoughts of death

What causes anxiety and depression?

Researchers believe that depression and anxiety occur because of a combination of environmental, genetic, and psychological factors. Some people are at a higher risk of developing these conditions than others. 

Both anxiety and depression are more common among people who have a family history of mental illness, have certain physical illnesses, or have experienced a major life change.

How does Complete Care Physicians diagnose depression and anxiety?

Most patients can tell their doctor at Complete Care Physicians that they’re feeling depressed or anxious. However, to diagnose the patient with one of these disorders formally, the doctor conducts a full psychological and physical evaluation of the patient.

What treatments are available?

Patients with depression and anxiety may benefit from medication designed to control their symptoms. Patients may also benefit from different types of psychotherapy, such as talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Also, many patients find it helpful to join a support group and connect with other people who struggle with depression or anxiety.

Patients with depression and anxiety can maximize the effectiveness of treatment by taking their medications as directed, attending all recommended therapy sessions, and keeping all follow-up appointments at Complete Care Physicians. Patients can also improve the effectiveness of treatment by avoiding activities that may worsen or trigger their symptoms, such as consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.

To find out how the team at Complete Care Physicians can manage your anxiety or depression, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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