Anxiety And Depression Specialists

Pacific MD

Internists located in Woodland Hills, CA

Though anxiety and depression have many similar symptoms, they are not the same thing. That said, both can have devastating effects on the lives of those who suffer from these disorders. If you feel overwhelmed, sad, or disengaged from the things you normally love, contact Dr. Payum Abdarbashi and Dr. Dilip Anmangandla of Pacific MD in Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills, California.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

Recent numbers suggest that just over 18% of the adult population in the United States suffers from an anxiety disorder, which includes symptoms like:

  • Panic disorder: Sudden feelings of terror that may be accompanied by heart palpitations, sweating, and chest pains
  • Social anxiety disorder: Fear of judgment or ridicule in social situations
  • Generalized anxiety disorders: Feeling anxious or worried for no reason

Other symptoms of anxiety may present as 

  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Not being able to sit still
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension

What is depression?

Being depressed over a recent event or situation, as opposed to suffering from depression are two different things. Depression is a condition that falls under three categories:

  • Major depression: Experiencing at least five symptoms of depression for two weeks or more
  • Persistent depressive disorder: A form of depression that lasts for two years or more, though the symptoms may be milder than those in major depression
  • Bipolar disorder: Mood cycles that go from manic highs to severe lows (or depression) 

Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla have considerable experience in diagnosing depressive disorders and help you determine whether you suffer from depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The National Institute of Mental Health has identified the following as the major signs of a depressive disorder:

  • Sadness or anxiousness
  • Hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and hobbies
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Overeating or not eating enough
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Irritability
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, pain, and digestive issues that don’t respond to traditional treatment.

How are anxiety and depression treated?

Understanding that you or a loved one may be suffering from one of these conditions is an important first step. All too often, anxiety and depression go untreated, sometimes leading to devastating results. Dr. Abdarbashi and Dr. Anmangandla are trained to recognize the symptoms of both disorders and can recommend treatment depending on the situation. This typically includes:

  • Medications, such as antidepressants
  • Psychotherapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Exercise programs

Used alone or in combination, these treatments have had great success in battling anxiety disorders and depression.

All Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Pacific MD, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Coventry / First Health (Assurant)
United Healthcare