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Anxiety & Depression Specialist

The Riegel Center

Christopher J. Riegel, M.D.

Hormone Replacement Specialist & Age Management Specialist located in Plano, TX

Anxiety and depression can occur separately or together to make it hard to function. If you’re struggling with either or both, you’re not alone. More than 16 million adults have depression, and more than 40 million have anxiety. About half of depression sufferers have both anxiety and depression. At The Riegel Center, esteemed hormone specialist Christopher Riegel, MD, diagnoses the root cause of anxiety and depression. In many cases, these issues stem from very treatable hormone imbalance, so call the Plano, Texas, office or click the scheduler for help now.

Anxiety & Depression Q & A

What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression can cause different symptoms, such as:

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety symptoms commonly include feelings of agitation, worry about losing control, overwhelming feelings of fear, irrational thoughts, and intense irritability. 

Depression symptoms

Some common depression symptoms include apathetic mood, frequent crying, losing interest in your usual activities, sleep changes, weight changes, chronic tiredness, and social isolation. 

It’s common to have both depression and anxiety. You may have multiple symptoms at one time, or you may have additional intrusive symptoms not listed above.

Do hormone problems cause anxiety and depression?

Hormones can play a big role in both anxiety and depression. For example, when you have serious stress for an extended period, your cortisol and adrenaline levels change. This, in turn, causes anxiety. 

In menopause, women experience a drop in several important hormones, which is why menopause is a common time for anxiety and depression to begin or worsen. 

Menopause and its male counterpart, andropause, can cause a number of physical issues like chronic fatigue, weight gain, and low libido. These issues can be very frustrating and upsetting, which may increase anxiety and depression even more. 

Outside of menopause, women with low progesterone have an increased risk of anxiety. Men have the same risk with low testosterone. 

What is the treatment for anxiety and depression?

To determine the best treatment for your anxiety or depression, Dr. Riegel starts with a comprehensive evaluation. 

Your evaluation includes a discussion of your symptoms, your health, your medical history, and a psychiatric consultation to help determine the causes of your anxiety or depression. 

You have a blood test to check for hormone imbalances, and Dr. Riegel then creates a customized hormone replacement therapy plan for your particular imbalances. 

At The Riegel Center, Dr. Riegel uses bioidentical hormones derived from plant sources to create his own proprietary formulas. These powerful all-natural hormones aren’t available anywhere else in the world. 

You have regular check-ins with Dr. Riegel to make sure your anxiety and depression lift as expected, and he can tweak your formulas to maximize results whenever needed. 

Hormone replacement therapy can effectively relieve your depression and anxiety while also improving your energy, mental clarity, libido, and other important aspects of your health. Learn more by calling The Riegel Center or clicking on the scheduling button now.