Some symptoms of depression and anxiety include: insomnia, constant worrying, feelings of hopelessness and rapid heartbeat - and, like any medical problem, if left untreated, mental illness can become increasingly debilitating to not only the patient, but to those around them, and can lead to many life-altering challenges including withdrawal from society, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, emotional anguish and other abnormal behavioural changes - violence, alcohol and substance abuse among them. Sometimes even doing simple, everyday tasks such as getting out of bed or communicating with loved ones can become quite daunting. This is why it is of the utmost importance to treat these kinds of disorders early-on in effort to safeguard the patient from further harm.
In doing so, Dr. Ghahary works in conjecture with counsellors, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists in building and following a stringent treatment plan for the patient which oftentimes includes the use of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications as well as promoting healthy lifestyle changes such as physical activity to help manage symptoms and alleviate stress. It’s just as important to treat the mind as you would the body.