Anxiety And Depression (Integrative Family Medicine)

Discover Health

Integrative Family Medicine & Naturopathic Doctors located in North Beach, San Francisco, CA & San Mateo, CA

Anxiety and depression affect nearly 20% of the population and anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the country. At Discover Health, integrative family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis, find the underlying cause of your anxiety and depression and prescribe a treatment plan that restores stability. Practicing at Discover Health in San Francisco's North Beach, these doctors combine natural and conventional treatments to bring you the best care possible. Don’t let anxiety or depression ruin your life, call to schedule your appointment or book it online today.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What do anxiety and depression feel like?

More than just feeling sad, when you suffer from anxiety and depression, you may feel like things are hopeless and that they’ll never get better. You may feel extreme unease and apprehension. You may worry and be nervous about the future, both in the short and long-term.

Depression and anxiety sometimes manifest as numbness or lethargy. They can also bring about feelings of fear, for yourself, others, and the world.

When they become overwhelming, depression and anxiety may interfere with your daily activities, causing changes in your eating and sleeping habits. They can also make things like socializing and managing your stress difficult.

Why do you become anxious or depressed?

Anxiety and depression arise in people’s lives for many reasons. Sometimes they’re caused by external factors, such as the death of a loved one or a serious illness. Other times, they may be caused by an imbalance in the body.

To determine the cause of your anxiety and depression, we may test for:

  • Food sensitivities
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Digestive issues
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Thyroid function
  • Cardiac function
  • Sleep issues

How do you treat anxiety and depression?

After your initial 90-minute consultation, we create a customized treatment plan to address the underlying causes of your anxiety and depression. Depending on your symptoms and their severity, this plan may involve a multidimensional approach.

Your treatment plan is likely to address:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Stress management
  • Life balance

To help you reduce, and eventually eliminate, anxiety and depression, we may also recommend a variety of treatments. Depending on your specific case, the following may be suggested:

  • Bio-identical hormonal replacement
  • Herbal medications
  • Medical nutrition
  • Yoga or meditation

When should you see a doctor for depression and anxiety?

If your anxiety or depression is so severe that it affects how you function, it’s time to seek help. See a doctor if you have:

  • Irrational fears that  interfere with completing your normal daily activities
  • Panic attacks
  • Physical symptoms, including tight chest or rapid heartbeat
  • Symptoms that last more than just a few weeks
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If anxiety and depression are making you miserable, find a natural solution that works. Call the office today to schedule or book your appointment online.