Anxiety And Depression Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia

Primary Care Physicians located in Columbia, MD

Disappearing access to mental health professionals means you need a primary healthcare provider you can trust with issues related to anxiety and depression. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia in Columbia, Maryland, Margaret Wang, MD, and Christopher Duke, MD, provide counseling and medical support for mental health concerns. If you’re having symptoms of depression or anxiety that interfere with your daily function, mood, and well-being, call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.

Anxiety and Depression Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety and depression are often grouped together, but are very different health conditions. It’s normal to experience occasional anxiety due to normal life stresses. If anxiety interferes with your daily function, however, you may have a generalized anxiety disorder that requires medical care.

Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Overthinking plans and solutions
  • Worrying about things in a way that’s out of proportion
  • Inability to let go of a worry
  • Feeling restless and on edge much of the time

Difficulty concentrating due to worry and “worst-case” thinking are other signs of anxiety. Anxiety can lead to panic attacks, too. You may also experience physical responses to anxiety that include nervousness, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, trouble sleeping, serious muscle tension, and sweating.

Who is susceptible to anxiety?

People of all ages can suffer from anxiety disorders. Individuals with anxiety disorders have personalities that are just more susceptible to spiraling out of control when faced with life stresses. Causes of disorders can be:

  • Brain chemistry differences
  • Genetics
  • Life trauma

Anxiety is common, so don’t avoid seeking help. You can benefit from counseling, lifestyle changes, and maybe even medications.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you behave, think, and feel. Persistent feelings of sadness, low energy, and loss of interest characterize the condition. Suspect that you may have depression if you experience any of the following symptoms for two weeks or longer:

  • Lack of energy
  • Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • Feelings of hopelessness or emptiness
  • Loss of interest in most activities, including sex, sports, hobbies, and work
  • Weight changes — either loss or gain
  • Feelings of worthlessness or self-blame
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Sometimes, depression shows up as physical problems, such as headaches and back pain.

Do I need to seek medical care for depression?

Depression isn’t just a case of the blues or a bad mood that you can snap out of. It’s a chemical imbalance that requires treatment, such as long-term talk therapy and antidepressant medications to put you back into balance. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, the doctors meet with you to thoroughly review your mental and physical health. They discuss your work environment, social support systems, and medical history.

If you suffer from mood disorders that interfere with your quality of life, call the office or book your appointment using the online tool for compassionate, effective support and care.