Remedies for Depression or Anxiety
Today, there are many drugs your doctor can prescribe to treat depression or anxiety. Dr. Ann J. Peters, MD is fully educated as to these drugs and their treatment opportunities and her age management medicine may include some of them. She may also suggest hormone replacement therapy as one of the treatments. Her recommendation all depends on your examination and the results thereof. Dr. Peters recognizes that there are many contributing factors to depression and anxiety these days, and she knows that her age management viewpoint may include some of these drugs to help you through. She, like her colleagues, understands that there are many different causes for anxiety and depression in today’s fast-paced world, and that hormone imbalance may just be one of them.
During Your Visit
When you secure an appointment with Dr. Ann Peters, MD, you will be taking your first step toward feeling better. If you’ve been plagued by depression or anxiety you are not alone. It is estimated that approximately 6% of the population experiences moderate to severe depression at some point in their lives. While, of course, things happen that make us very sad, i.e., the death of a loved one, financial stressors, emotional stressors, the breakup of a marriage, etc., long-term depression termed major depression by the medical field can happen. When it does it is time to seek out the help of a professional to sort out whether your depression is environmental, physical or mental. Have a great many things gone badly in your life lately? Not necessarily your fault, but you still feel badly and rightfully so. People who laugh in the face of such adversity may not be fully in touch with their feelings. You are supposed to feel sad when someone dies, or you experience loss in another way. It’s only natural. Dr. Peters recognizes this and with her age management medicine can help you better cope with these experiences and feelings and prevent these stressors from causing you to age prematurely.
What Does Age Management Have to do with Depression or Anxiety?
The answer to that is plenty. Doctors are learning more and more about the human body reacts to stress. Some of what they’ve learned points in the direction of aging. Apparently, when your mind can’t handle all the negativity that surrounds you, it is stressful and therefore aging to the mind and the body as well. This is linked to our earliest emotional protections: our fight or flight urge. When a caveman encountered a fierce animal he had to decide whether to fight it or fun, thus the terminology of fight or flight. And as they say, we have to “pick our battles” early man was able to make a conscious decision as to whether to stay and fight or flee. The fact that early man had these instincts is what is under today’s medical microscope. Early man knew he couldn’t win every battle and he made fast decisions. We have to make fast decisions every day when driving, when walking, when doing business, when doing out errands. In today’s hustle bustle world decisions are required quickly and furiously. If you lag you lose. Dr. Ann J. Peters understands depression or anxiety as related to this dynamic and realizes that some this may be helped with her age management medicine.
Herbs vs. Science
While of course there is science behind the use of herbs in treating depression or anxiety, you should first consider seeing a physician rather than deciding to try to fix your problem in the vitamin aisle. It’s unlikely that anything in the supplement category will hurt you there are things that may produce unwanted side effects such as nervousness or the jitters. There are a great many medications and exercises Dr. Peters can prescribe and recommend that will help you with fairly predictable responses. Do you really want to take something when you are unsure as to the consequences? Of course, you don’t. An appointment with Ann Peters can put many symptoms and concerns to rest. Her age management medicine can reduce the stressors in your life so you can live a longer, healthier life. Many people have adverse reactions to medications. This is not something lost of Dr. Peters, MD. She knows this and she knows what types of people respond well to one medication and not the next. Of course there will be trial and error involved as there is in most things. Many people are prescribed medications these days by doctors who are not well versed in their effects; medications such as anti-depressants and mood elevators. These drugs should only be prescribed by doctors who routinely deal with their effects and side effects.
Not that any of these medications will be prescribed but they are options that Dr. Peters has to treat you and your depression and anxiety, or as a way to combat aging. Here is a quick description of the kinds of medications she might use. 1) SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are the #1 choice in combatting feelings of depression, 2) SNRIs, Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors are a newer form of medications for depression and anxiety. In an SSRI, the focus is on maintaining the correct levels of 5-HT. SNRIs instead focus on the increase in levels of both norepinephrine and 5-HT, 3) Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants (NASSAs). The makers of these antidepressants or NASSAs advertise that these new forms medicines work as well as currently popular antidepressants but are far safer, 4) Norepinephrine (Noradrenaline) Reuptake Inhibitors (NRIs) are effective because they increase the levels of norepinephrine in the body, and finally 5) Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) are the oldest form of drugs of depression and anxiety and are known as tricyclic antidepressants. Dr. Ann J. Peters, MD is well versed in the positives and negatives all these drugs offer, and can discuss their use as it relates to depression or anxiety, with you when you consult her for her experienced view of age management medicine.