Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression located in Westport, CT

Though depression and anxiety are two different disorders, they can often coexist.  I offer a holistic approach to treatment at my practice, Joan Oppenheim, PsyD, LLC, in Westport, Connecticut. Don’t let depression and anxiety rule your life. Get the help you need and deserve by calling today or booking an appointment online. Telehealth appointments are also available.

Anxiety & Depression Q&A

Are depression and anxiety intertwined?

Depression and anxiety often coexist and can be intertwined, although they’re distinct mental health conditions with their own set of symptoms and characteristics. While they’re two different disorders, their symptoms can exacerbate one another, leading to a complex set of emotional and psychological challenges.

For instance, someone experiencing chronic anxiety might develop feelings of helplessness or worthlessness, leading to depression. Likewise, individuals with depression might develop heightened anxiousness about their future or feel overwhelmed by the smallest of tasks due to their depressive symptoms.

What are the differences between depression and anxiety?

Depression is characterized by:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Lack of interest in activities that one used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • School avoidance 

On the other hand, anxiety disorders involve: 

  • Excessive worry
  • Fear
  • Apprehension about future events or situations
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling worries
  • Panic attacks
  • School avoidance

Different types of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, or specific phobias, manifest with varying symptoms. 

How are depression and anxiety treated?

I use a holistic approach to treat depression and anxiety, which may include a combination of:


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), or other forms of talk therapy can help identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with depression and anxiety.


I may refer a patient to a psychiatrist who may recommend antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or a combination of both to alleviate symptoms. These medications work by regulating brain chemicals that influence mood and anxiety levels. For some patients the combination of mediation and psychotherapy is very effective and one without the other may not produce optimal results.

Lifestyle changes

Regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, adequate sleep, stress management techniques (such as mindfulness or meditation), and reducing substance use (like alcohol or drugs) can significantly impact mental health and alleviate symptoms.

Self-help strategies

Engaging in activities that promote relaxation, setting realistic goals, maintaining a support network, and learning stress-reduction techniques can complement my treatment.

My comprehensive approach addresses the root causes, symptoms, and your overall well-being.

If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, don’t delay making an appointment. Call today or use the online scheduling tool. Telehealth appointments are available, too.

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Psychologist located in Westport, CT, serving Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT, and Westchester County, NY

My  practice is based in Westport, Connecticut but serves all of Fairfied County and I conduct telehealth therapy for those in New York and Westchester County. I built my practice with an emphasis on high quality patient care and experience with  a particular emphasis on communication and responsiveness. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a patient's care and to bear witness during their vunerable times while they seek help.

I earned a BA from Yale College-Yale University, an MA from Teachers College-Columbia University and earned my doctoral degree at  the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. 

I underwent further training through a predoctoral internship at Clifford-Beers Child Guidance Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Consortium, a postdoctoral residency at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. I am a member of an organization called Give an Hour which  provides theraputic services to service members, vets and their families and I have served as a Special Master for the Conneticut Judicidary as well as consulted with local schools.

My practice is dedicated to working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them make essential changes to improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life. I seek to empower patients with solution-focused approaches guiding them through challenging situations and relationships within a warm, constructive, and confidential environment that restores balance in their lives.

I help patients achieve hope, problem-solving skills to use in the future and personal empowerment for those facing anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I also provide  therapy for individuals, couples who are experiencing the challenges of infidelity, marital discord, divorce and the accompanying changes for themselves and their families.  I specialize in parental education to address issues concerning children as well as providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

To book an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today. Telehealth is available and I offer a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.