Healing the Mind...Helping the Whole
Our goal is your emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Our psychiatrists are deeply interested in your day-to-day difficulties and successes, your family and background, and your aspirations. They are traditionally schooled and use traditional therapies. They prescribe and monitor standard medications, but they also recommend herb and other holistic remedies when appropriate. They provide general medical backup for our other practitioners.
As medical doctors, our psychiatrists are in a unique position to evaluate physical manifestations of stress-related disorders such as migraine, digestive disturbances, chronic pain and asthma. We can work closely with your primary care physician to coordinate treatment.
Psychiatry has been very effective in alleviating emotional pain. We offer solace and solutions when you are in difficulty. We have unconditional positive regard for all of our clients, who respond well to our care and compassion.
Kissing Cousins: Anxiety and Depression May Be Two Faces of One Disorder
It's an axiom of modern psychiatry that anxiety and depression are two distinct conditions. However, evidence is amassing that they are really two manifestations of one disorder. Looking at them that way, some experts say, could speed the development of drugs that better subdue both conditions.
Surveys have long shown that 60 to 70 percent of people with major depression also have an anxiety disorder, while half of anxiety-disorder sufferers also have symptoms of clinical depression.
Now there’s evidence of genetic commonalities between the two conditions. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have found that in people with both panic disorder and depression, there is a significant decrease in a type of receptor (5-HTPA) for the neurotransmitter serotonin. Other studies have shown that the stress response system is overactive in patients with both anxiety and depression. Secretions of the stress hormone cortisol, triggered by repeated trauma, reduce expression of the gene that produces the 5-HTPA serotonin receptor.
“They’re probably two sides of the same coin,” says David Barlow, director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. “The genetics seem to be the same; the neurobiology seems to overlap. Some people with the vulnerability react with anxiety to life stressors and some, in addition, go beyond that to become depressed.”
By Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today March/April 2004
Vulnerable people may react with anxiety to stress and go on to become depressed.
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