Depression And Anxiety Specialist

Eaton Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Methuen, MA

Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse often appear together, with each one triggering the others and evolving into an uncontrollable downward spiral. Anthony Eaton, MD, at Eaton Medical Associates in Methuen, Massachusetts, has a deep understanding of the relationship between mental health challenges and substance abuse or addiction. Dr. Eaton works closely with each person, weaving therapy for depression and anxiety, into their treatment and recovery program. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Depression and Anxiety Q & A

How do depression and anxiety relate to substance abuse?

Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse share a close relationship. Depression and anxiety frequently coexist in everyday life, whether or not you struggle with substance abuse.

People with depression or anxiety often turn to alcohol, opioids, and other substances to feel better. Substance abuse does not treat mental health disorders, so the feelings quickly return.

Some addictive substances, such as alcohol and opioids, depress your central nervous system. As a result, they can trigger sadness, hopelessness, and lethargy.

Depression and anxiety frequently appear during the challenges of addiction treatment and recovery. Dr. Eaton regularly considers your emotional well-being throughout your treatment and creates a therapy plan that supports it.

When do I need treatment for depression?

Many people think that depression will improve on its own. Unlike the everyday blues, however, clinical depression doesn’t get better without treatment, especially if you abuse drugs or alcohol.

Signs that you have clinical depression include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or worthless
  • Losing interest in the activities you usually enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Sleeping longer than usual
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having a hard time concentrating

You should never ignore thoughts about death or suicide. Instead, talk with Dr. Eaton to get the support you need to overcome depression.

When do I need treatment for anxiety?

Anxiety serves a purpose because it alerts your brain to potential danger. Then your brain triggers the release of hormones that energize your body to deal with the situation.

Once the threat disappears, your anxiety should lift. When you have an anxiety disorder, your worries and fears stick around even if you don’t face a threat. 

You may begin to see harmless events as something to fear, feel jumpy most of the time, or restructure your days to avoid the things that make you anxious. You should seek help when your anxiety feels overwhelming or takes over your life.

How do therapists treat depression and anxiety?

Treatment for depression and anxiety typically includes psychotherapy, medication, or both. However, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications interact with addiction treatment medications such as Suboxone®. Dr. Eaton determines the best treatment based on each person’s medical history and symptoms.

When you struggle with depression and anxiety, you can receive comprehensive care at Eaton Medical Associates. Call or schedule an appointment online today.