Depression And Anxiety Specialist

Bay Area Healthcare

Kashif N. Abdullah, MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician located in San Jose, CA

Feeling sad, stressed, or anxious every now and then is normal, but when these feelings get in the way of your life, you may benefit from medical attention and advice. Dr. Kashif Abdullah offers treatments and comprehensive care for depression and anxiety at Bay Area Healthcare in San Jose, California. Dr. Abdullah has experience in providing psychiatric care and has been featured in articles on psychiatric care. Call or book an appointment online today.

Depression and Anxiety Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a mental health issue characterized by feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness. Depression can cause you to lose interest in activities, relationships, work, and school.

Depression can affect anyone, although it is more commonly diagnosed in women. Some of the risk factors for depression include:

  • Biochemistry — deficiency of certain chemicals in the brain are linked to depression
  • Family history — if a member of your family has depression
  • Personality — low self-esteem, pessimism, and high stress levels
  • Environmental factors — poverty, abuse, neglect, substance abuse

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorder is a collection of specific forms of anxiety that cause feelings of extreme panic, stress, and anxiety about situations or feelings that wouldn’t normally stimulate an extreme emotional response.

Some of the common anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

Anxiety is characterized by fear, which can lead you to avoid the situations or feelings that trigger your anxiety. This can disrupt your life including work, school, and relationships.

When should I see a doctor about depression and anxiety?

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should make an appointment with Dr. Abdullah if your depression and anxiety have lasted for more than two weeks and if your symptoms are disrupting your normal daily activities. Dr. Abdullah has years of experience in helping people like you find relief from feelings of depression and anxiety with a variety of treatments, customized to address your specific needs.

How are depression and anxiety treated?

Treatment for depression and anxiety typically involves a combination of medication and talk therapies. Dr. Abdullah has helped many patients with prescription antidepressants and antianxiety medications. He provides a comprehensive consultation to determine the best medical treatment for your individual needs.

Medication helps to balance your feelings so that you can work with the doctor or a therapist to learn methods to deal with your feelings and respond to them in more healthy ways. You have regular and frequent appointments with Dr. Abdullah so he can monitor your well-being and adjust your prescription to maximize its effectiveness.

If you have questions or concerns about depression and anxiety, call or make an appointment online today.