Depression And Anxiety Specialist

Scott C. Hippeard, MD -  - General Medicine

Scott C. Hippeard, MD

General Medicine & Aesthetics located in Roanoke, VA

It doesn’t matter if your depression developed after being diagnosed with a chronic condition or if you’ve always struggled with anxiety, these conditions can make you want to retreat from the world. At his Roanoke, Virginia, medical practice, Scott C. Hippeard, MD, can help ease your depression and anxiety and get you back into life. If you are tired of suffering from depression or anxiety, contact Dr. Hippeard today to schedule an appointment.

Depression and Anxiety Q & A

What is depression?

Depression is more than feeling sad. When you’re depressed, feelings of sadness become severe and persistent. You may feel fatigued and hopeless. Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Reckless behavior
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Major depressive disorder, which is the most common form of depression, affects over 16 million people each year. It’s diagnosed when your depression lasts longer than two weeks with little improvement and is so severe that it’s beginning to impact your daily functioning. This may manifest at home, at school, at work, or in your relationships.

What is anxiety?

Although anxiety is a normal part of life, for some people it becomes overwhelming. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may feel anxious or fearful, even when there’s nothing causing you to feel this way. Your anxiety may become so severe that it impacts your daily functioning and relationships.

Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling on edge
  • Easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

.In some cases, those with severe anxiety may experience panic attacks, or sudden periods when irrational fear or worry becomes overwhelming, causing them to panic. During these attacks, you may feel out of control or have trouble breathing.

How are depression and anxiety treated?

When you see Dr. Hippeard for depression and anxiety, he evaluates your condition and listens to your concerns. He then creates an individualized treatment plan to address your issues. Depending on your specific needs, he may recommend:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Support groups
  • Self-help guides
  • Stress and relaxation techniques

Beyond medical approaches, Dr. Hippeard also suggests lifestyle habits that reduce your symptoms of depression and anxiety. Some of the most common include:

  • Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night
  • Improving sleep hygiene
  • Eating healthy, whole foods
  • Eliminating highly-processed foods
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes most days of the week

If you’ve been depressed or anxious and things are getting worse instead of better, seek help before it’s too late. Dr. Hippeard can work with you to find a solution to your depression. Call his office today to schedule an appointment.