Depression & Anxiety Disorders Specialist

Holistic Psychiatry

Meredith Sagan, MD

Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

Depression and anxiety are two separate disorders, but both can wreak havoc on your life, sending you into a world where you can’t seem to see your way out. At Holistic Psychiatry, Meredith Sagan, MD, specializes in helping her patients in the Santa Monica, California, area, regain control of their lives, restoring peace and stability. To start getting in charge of your depression and/or anxiety, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Depression & Anxiety

What is depression?

Depression, or major depressive disorder, affects more than 16 million adults in the United States, and one in six people will deal with depression at some point in their lives.

At its core, depression is a mental disorder that causes a feeling of overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, or despair. Along with these overshadowing thoughts and feelings, depression is often accompanied by:

  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • General fatigue
  • Difficulty with concentration or memory
  • Moodiness and agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression is often accompanied by co-occurring issues, like eating disorders or addiction. 

Depression can come and go, at times flaring up and leaving you incapacitated, or it can persist as a constant and unwelcome presence in your life.


What is anxiety?

Anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder, affects almost one-third of the population of the United States at some point, making the condition fairly common. While there may be some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, anxiety can be a lonely and isolating disorder that limits your life in significant ways.

Most humans operate on a basic flight-or-fight response, which is both mental and physical. With an anxiety disorder, your body is in a heightened flight mode and you may experience:

  • Muscle tension
  • Rapid heart rate
  • A sense of doom
  • Problems sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating

Anxiety disorders can encompass a broad range of co-occurring issues, such as panic attacks, separation anxiety, or specific phobias, such as agoraphobia.


How are depression and anxiety treated?

When you first see Dr. Sagan, she spends a considerable amount of time reviewing your symptoms, your medical history, and any medications you may be taking. Once she has a better picture of your unique issues, she approaches your depression or anxiety proactively with movement-based psychosomatic therapy and medication management.

Movement-based therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy in that Dr. Sagan emphasizes a mind-body training program that teaches you how to move your life forward from the inside out. Dr. Sagan understands the importance of providing you with the tools you need to maintain peace and balance in all moments of your life. By first working through the body with physical self-regulation techniques, Dr. Sagan teaches you practical, everyday tools to build confidence, embody your authenticity, and harness your unique inner gifts to manage depression and anxiety.

For innovative and tailored treatment of your anxiety or depression, please call Holistic Psychiatry or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.