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Depression & Anxiety Specialist

Salisu Aikoye, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Sal Psychiatry Services

Salisu Aikoye, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Psychiatrist located in Norwalk, CA

If you experience constant sadness, fear, or both because of depression and anxiety, Salisu Aikoye, MD, and the experienced team at Sal Psychiatry Services in Norwalk, California, are here for you. They can diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders to optimize your quality of life. Call the office for an appointment or use the online booking tool today. Telehealth appointments are also available.

Depression & Anxiety Q & A

What are depression and anxiety?

Depression and anxiety are mental health conditions that often, but not always, occur together. Depression causes constant or extreme sadness, while anxiety often provokes fear and anxiousness. Some women experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is a condition that causes behavioral or physical symptoms right before menstruation.

What are the symptoms of depression and anxiety?

Common signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Fear
  • Anxiousness
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • A sense of danger
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating or trembling
  • Sleeping problems
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Constant worry
  • Problems concentrating
  • Sleeping difficulty
  • Avoiding anxiety triggers

Depression often causes the following signs and symptoms:

  • Hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, or shame
  • Constant or extreme sadness
  • Irritability, agitation, or angry outbursts
  • Sleeping problems
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed thinking 
  • Problems concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Physical aches and pains

Women with PMDD often experience:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Crying
  • Hot flashes
  • Backaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Increased appetite

If you experience unpleasant symptoms that interfere with your job, work, or relationships, see the Sal Psychiatry Services team for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for depression and anxiety?

While anybody can develop anxiety, depression, or PMDD, certain factors boost your risk of experiencing them. Examples include genetics, family history of mental health disorders, hormone fluctuations, traumatic life events, and a history of mental health conditions. 

Other risk factors include alcohol or drug use, taking certain medications, and having a chronic disease. 

How does my provider diagnose depression and anxiety?

To diagnose depression, anxiety, or PMDD, your psychiatrist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and comprehensive psychiatric assessment to develop a personalized treatment. 

What are my treatment options?

Your mental health treatment plan depends on the type and severity of your condition. It might include:

Medications

Taking certain medicines can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PMDD. Your psychiatrist personalizes each medication regimen to optimize your outcome.

Counseling

During counseling sessions or psychotherapy, your mental health specialist teaches you behavioral change strategies that reduce symptoms and help you better manage your condition.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS uses magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in your brain and reduce symptoms associated with depression when other treatments fail.

Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms of depression and anxiety when simple treatments are within reach at Sal Psychiatry Services. Call the office or book an appointment online today.