Depression & Anxiety Specialist

Elkins Park Family Medicine

Rachel Rosen, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Elkins Park, PA

Although everyone feels sad or anxious from time to time, depression and anxiety are serious mental health issues that can disrupt your life. At Elkins Park Family Medicine in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rosen offers compassionate and effective treatment to help you manage your depression and/or anxiety. Call to schedule an appointment today to get the help you need.

Depression & Anxiety Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a serious mental health condition that has a negative effect on your feelings, self-worth, thoughts, and behaviors.  This can lead to problems at work, school, and home. Depression is characterized by symptoms including:

  • Feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness
  • Loss of self-worth
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Concentration issues
  • Suicidal thoughts

 

Depression is fairly common. Approximately one in six people will experience depression at some point during their lives. It is more common in women than men and typically first develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.

 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental health condition in which worries and fears are amplified to the extent that they disrupt your normal activities and life. There are several different classifications of anxiety, like generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia. Anxiety disorders are quite common, affecting nearly 30% of adults at some point during their lives.

Some of the symptoms associated with anxiety include:

  • Intense fears or worries about an anticipated event or situation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Changes in appetite and sleep habits

 

What causes depression and anxiety?

The exact causes of depression and anxiety are unknown although there is a clear link with family history and genetics. There are also risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing depression and/or anxiety. These risk factors include:

  • Family history of depression or anxiety
  • Chemical imbalances in your brain
  • Personality factors, like low self-esteem, pessimism, and stress
  • Environmental factors, such as exposure to neglect, abuse, or poverty, especially during infancy and childhood

 

How are depression and anxiety treated?

Dr. Rosen at Elkins Park Family Medicine offers highly customized treatments to address your depression and anxiety. Tailored care is critical to your health and managing your condition.

Treatment for depression and anxiety typically includes a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Ideally, medication will help restore balance to your brain chemistry and relieve some of your symptoms. Therapy can help you focus on learning to recognize negative thought patterns and how to consciously respond to these thought patterns with healthier behaviors.

Dr. Rosen may also suggest changes to your diet and exercise habits. A healthy diet and regular exercise can often improve your symptoms and make your medication and therapy more effective.

If you are concerned about depression and anxiety, call our office to schedule an appointment.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

*Individual results may vary