Keven Tagdiri, M.D.
Internists located in Encinitas, CA
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, while 322 million people suffer from depression worldwide. If you have anxiety or depression, you’re not alone, and support is available from Dr. Keven Tagdiri in Encinitas, California. Dr. Tagdiri is an experienced internist and primary care doctor who understands the complexities and strain of anxiety and depression. Get reliable help and appropriate treatment by scheduling a visit at Keven Tagdiri, MD, online or by phone today.
Anxiety and Depression Q&A
How are anxiety and depression different?
Many people who develop depression have also experienced issues with anxiety earlier in life. While anxiety and depression can both cause irritability, nervousness, and difficulty sleeping, they have distinct emotions and behavioral symptoms.
Anxiety centers on feelings of extreme fear or worry. Anxiety can also overlap with other health problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension
Depending on your condition, other symptoms can also manifest that may be more or less severe.
Depression is characterized by severe and persistent low moods. Like anxiety, depression can also manifest as other problems, including eating disorders, reckless behavior, and substance abuse. Symptoms of depression include:
- Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Slowing of movement
- Lack of focus
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
If you experience thoughts of suicide, talk to Dr. Tagdiri or a crisis hotline immediately to get the support you need.
Can anxiety and depression overlap?
Yes, anxiety and depression can overlap. You can also fluctuate between the two conditions, depending on your mental health and life circumstances. Every person has a different experience with anxiety and depression and their symptoms can manifest in different ways.
Since the conditions can overlap, there are many diagnoses and treatment protocols available based on your unique situation. Dr. Tagdiri offers diagnosis, treatment, and support options for all anxiety and depression symptoms.
How are anxiety and depression diagnosed?
If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, Dr. Tagdiri asks about your symptoms, how long you’ve had them, and if anything triggers or improves them. He may also have you complete mental health questionnaires to determine if your condition is more complex or you have overlapping symptoms.
How are anxiety and depression treated?
Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Tagdiri provides extensive treatment options to help you. Conservative options may involve psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, or reducing stressors that worsen your symptoms.
Other options include medications — like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants — and supplements such as St. John’s wort and omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Tagdiri discusses all of your options to help you find the best treatment strategy. He also provides referrals to other health care professionals, as needed.
Anxiety and depression cause immense suffering, but getting help from Keven Tagdiri, MD, can give you relief. Call or schedule a visit online now to get the support you need.