Sydney Crackower, M.D.
Family Practice located in Lafayette, LA
It’s normal to feel a little down or anxious from time to time. But if your feelings of depression or anxiety aren’t going away, or they’re making it difficult for you to handle everyday tasks, it may be time to get help. Sydney Crackower, MD in Lafayette, Louisiana, specializes in the management of anxiety and depression and can help you feel better. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Anxiety & Depression Q & A
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the feeling of nervousness or fear about a task or upcoming event. It’s normal to feel this way everyone once in a while, but for most people, these feelings will go away after the task or event. But if you have an anxiety disorder, these feelings linger and make it difficult for you to handle everyday activities like going to school or work.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Dr. Crackower is a family medicine physician and received specialized training to be able to manage any health condition that may affect your life, including anxiety, and can provide you with the treatment you need so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.
What is depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel and think about the world around you. Like anxiety, depression can make everyday tasks feel impossible.
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness or loneliness
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- Restlessness or irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
Chronic pain can also be a sign of depression.
For a diagnosis of depression, you must be experiencing some of these symptoms every day for at least two weeks.
There are several different forms of depression that usually have distinct symptoms or develop from specific circumstances, including postpartum depression, dysthymia, and seasonal affective disorder.
Can I have both anxiety and depression?
Anxiety and depression are two distinct medical conditions, but they can occur together. If you’re depressed, you may develop anxiety as a symptom due to your feelings of guilt or worry. Additionally, an anxiety disorder can bring on feelings of depression.
How are anxiety and depression treated?
Because your mental health needs are unique to you, Dr. Crackower creates a personalized plan to help you manage your anxiety or depression. Treatment may include:
- Prescription medication
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
Finding the right combination of treatment may take time, but both anxiety and depression can be cured with the right treatment.
Dr. Crackower may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as meditation and exercise, both of which can ease stress and lift mood.
For medical management of your anxiety or depression, call Dr. Crackower’s office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.