Anxiety & Depression Specialist

Anxiety and depression are common issues for many patients today, and they often occur at the same time. Fortunately, John A. Berger, MD offers patients in the San Diego, California area effective solutions so that life can return to normal at last. Whether patients have depression, anxiety, or both, Dr. Berger is an old fashioned doctor who truly listens, cares, and provides the help needed. Call Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic or book an appointment online.

Anxiety & Depression Q & A

by John A Berger, M.D.

How are depression and anxiety different?

Depression and anxiety are similar in some ways and in fact, they are often linked. With both depression and anxiety, difficult side effects like sleep problems, exhaustion during the day, and isolation from family and friends may occur.

If you suffer from anxiety, you may suffer from fear regarding things that wouldn't bother most others. The fears are often severe and can be quite overwhelming even though you probably recognize that they're not rational. When faced with a stressful situation, your anxiety may cause you to have physical symptoms like a racing heart, a feeling of lightheadedness, or breathing problems.

If you suffer from depression, you may feel a sense of "gloom and doom" much of the time. You may feel as if there's no point in spending time with others and may stop taking joy in your daily life. Depression tends to be nearly constant, occurring for days or much longer at a time. With anxiety, symptoms may be more likely to come and go.

How is depression treated?

The treatment for depression depends on the individual patient and upon the exact type of depression. There are several types of depression, including persistent depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, major depression, and postpartum depression among others. At Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic, Dr. Berger always makes sure to get to know each patient so that he can best help them with their depression. There are a number of medications that can be helpful, including antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Dr. Berger may also recommend some lifestyle changes that can help with depression.

How is anxiety treated?

The treatment for anxiety depends on the patient. For some patients, anxiety is only mild and may occur quite rarely. However, for others, the anxiety may be overwhelming and can occur on a near daily or daily basis. There are medications such as anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants that may be helpful in dealing with anxiety. Dr. Berger may also recommend some behavioral changes that can help alleviate anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or both, there is help available. Dr. Berger is here to custom design a care plan that will help you achieve relief from your symptoms. You can easily make an appointment online or call the Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic office anytime to get relief from a compassionate and deeply dedicated care provider.


We Accept Most Major Insurance, please confirm with the office prior to your visit.

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Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic
205 Walnut Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-295-2147
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