Behavioral Health

Depression and Anxiety Disorders

At Mount Sinai, we understand the significance of depression and anxiety disorders—serious mental health conditions that affect your overall sense of well-being. We also recognize the difference between common temporary changes in mood and actual clinical depression and anxiety disorders. Our expert specialists understand the importance of diagnosing these conditions accurately, and in a timely manner. We then follow up accurate and timely diagnosis with effective and personalized treatments, characterized by an empathetic approach to comprehensive care.

Clinical care for depression and anxiety at Mount Sinai is delivered through the coordination and integration of outstanding clinical services within the Department of Psychiatry, offering diagnostic evaluation, medication, psychotherapy, and neuro-modulation treatments.

About Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Depression (sometimes referred by the technical term, major depressive disorder) is a serious mental health condition and is often associated with distress and functional impairment. The most common indicators of depression are sad or irritable mood most days for several weeks or more, and a significant decrease in motivation or a lack of ability to experience pleasure. Additional symptoms may include changes in weight, loss of sleep, lack of energy, feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

While the number and severity of symptoms varies across individuals, depression can affect every part of a person's life. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact a healthcare provider right away.

Anxiety disorders include a set of related mental health conditions that include generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. A closely related condition is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be brought on a result of a traumatic event or events in one’s life.

While it is normal to experience some level of anxiety, when anxiety is so intense that it interferes with day-to-day activities, it may be caused by a treatable anxiety disorder. Many patients experience more than one anxiety disorder at the same time, or in conjunction with depression.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety disorder, you can get help by making an appointment to see a mental health professional. There are a range of treatments available to you, from talk therapy to medications or neuro-modulation approaches, that can make a significant difference in improving your quality of life.

Our Philosophy

Depression and anxiety disorders represent common and serious mental health conditions. We believe that a correct and timely diagnosis is an essential first step toward improved health and recovery. Based on a careful evaluation, our clinicians will work you to then develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. Although the symptoms of depression and anxiety can be severe, they are both highly treatable. Our specialists provide evidence-based treatments designed to bring about recovery and facilitate a return to health. At Mount Sinai, seeking help is your first step to a happy and productive life.