Depression & Anxiety Specialist

Marc H. Epstein, DO

Adult Psychiatrist & Addiction Specialist located in Greenwich Village, New York, NY

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting almost 7% of the population, and anxiety is the most common mental health disorder, touching almost 40 million adults. Together, these staggering statistics paint a picture of the enormity of these two mental health issues. As a psychiatrist, Marc H. Epstein, DO, understands better than most the magnitude of the problems and, more importantly, how to treat them. If you’re in Greenwich Village, New York City and you suffer from depression or anxiety, or both, call 347-244-7693.

Depression & Anxiety Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is a debilitating mood disorder that severely hampers your ability to function in life because of symptoms such as:

  • Overwhelming sadness
  • Feeling of emptiness or worthlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep issues
  • Loss of interest
  • Loss of focus
  • Suicidal thoughts

There are many different types of depression (and degrees of depression), such as:

  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychotic depression

The bottom line is that if you’re unable to function in life because of any of the symptoms above, help is around the corner with Dr. Epstein.

What is anxiety?

Everyone worries in life, but when this worry or fear dictates your life in untenable ways, it crosses over into an anxiety disorder. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety disorder

Humans are dictated by fight-or-flight instincts, which are designed for survival. Anxiety ends up causing a malfunction in this biological response, leaving you excessively and irrationally worried, panicked, or afraid of threats that don’t exist.

Anxiety disorders rarely go away on their own, which means the sooner you seek the expert counsel of Dr. Epstein, the sooner you can get back to a happy existence, free from unnecessary worry or fear.

How are anxiety and depression treated?

Dr. Epstein has devoted his career to studying the complexities of the human mind and how a mental disorder rewires your brain, casting a wide net that affects almost every aspect of your life. As a result, Dr. Epstein has extensive experience with both depression and anxiety, helping each of his patients break free through individualized treatment programs that may include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Relaxation and stress management techniques

Depending upon the degree of your issue, and whether you’re suffering from one or both, Dr. Epstein tailors a plan for you, making tweaks where necessary, to help you regain control of your life. This may warrant several different therapies at once, such as medications alongside behavioral therapy, but Dr. Epstein leaves no stone unturned when it comes to your mental health and wellbeing.

To get started on treating your anxiety or depression, call Marc H. Epstein, DO, at 347-244-7693 to request an appointment.