Depression Specialist

Progressive Medical Center

Integrative Functional Medicine & Health and Wellness Center located in Dunwoody, Atlanta, GA

Many people don’t talk about depression because they view it as a weakness. They don’t seek help because they believe they should pick themselves up and get over it. But Benjamin Johnston Sr., MD, and the caring team at Progressive Medical Center can reassure you that depression is never a weakness or character flaw, and it doesn’t improve on its own. They can help you overcome depression and return to a thriving life with integrative therapies that restore whole-body balance. If you need help with depression or anxiety, call the office in Atlanta, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

Depression Q & A

What causes depression?

Depression is a sign that some part of your body is out of balance. You may have a physical illness, an imbalance of neurotransmitters or hormones, or a nutrient or sleep deficiency, to name just a few of the possible problems that cause depression.

No matter what causes your depression, it won’t improve on its own. Depression only lifts with holistic care that treats the source of the problem.
What symptoms occur if I’m depressed?

Depression makes you:

  • Feel sad, worthless, and hopeless
  • Lose interest in the things you enjoy
  • Withdraw from your partner, family, and friends
  • Feel drained of energy
  • Eat more or less than usual
  • Gain or lose weight
  • Sleep more or less than normal
  • Struggle to concentrate and make decisions
  • Focus on negative thoughts
  • Think about suicide

Many people also experience physical symptoms, such as nausea, headaches, and body aches.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety is the feeling of unease, dread, or fear that occurs when you anticipate or encounter a threatening situation. Everyone experiences some level of anxiety every day. When it becomes a constant presence that interferes with your life, normal anxiety becomes a mental health disorder.

Anxiety disorders may develop for many reasons. A few factors that contribute to the problem include brain chemical imbalances, genetics, poor gut health, and environmental stressors like trauma and pollution.

What symptoms accompany anxiety?

There are at least seven anxiety disorders, and each one has a specific set of symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders cause a range of emotional and physical symptoms, including;

  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity (can’t sit still)
  • Tense muscles
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty concentrating

Anxiety can trigger a panic attack, which causes difficulty breathing, chest pains, sweating, and heart palpitations.

How are depression and anxiety treated?

Progressive Medical Center runs comprehensive evaluations and testing to determine the root cause of your depression or anxiety. As integrative practitioners, they always aim to provide natural solutions that target all the underlying causes of depression or anxiety.

Your individualized treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Bioidentical hormone balancing
  • Neurotransmitter balancing
  • Immune system support
  • Herbal treatments
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Dietary changes
  • Stress reduction
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Dietary supplements
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Massage therapy
  • Art, dance, or music therapy
  • Biofeedback

Biofeedback begins with brain mapping to identify the under-functioning areas responsible for depression and anxiety, followed by neurotherapy to retrain your brain and restore function.

Don’t wait to get help for depression or anxiety; call Progressive Medical Center or book an appointment online today.