Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common reasons why people seek counseling. Dealing with depression and anxiety can also be awful, particularly without help and support, but the good news is--both are very treatable. If you think you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, read on or just call or email us to talk more (You know you've already done lots of googling on these topics.). We'd love to offer you help and tools!
Understanding Anxiety and Depression
I've worked with numerous clients who struggle with understanding anxiety and depression. Sometimes these conditions occur alone, but often they present at the same time—as if dealing with one isn’t bad enough! Additionally, anxiety and depression can often be misunderstood by well-meaning friends, family, and even by those who suffer. So, let’s start making sense out of what you've been experiencing and moving toward the path of healing.
symptoms of Anxiety
A word of caution before we begin…it is very easy to read a list of symptoms and become convinced that you have a particular condition. I remember this all too well from grad school when I would read about a new disorder and feel certain that I, too, was a sufferer.
I invite you to listen to your heart and your gut as you review the list. Do you feel this way sometimes? Occasional anxiety can be a normal, even healthy, part of life. Or, is the anxiety causing real problems in your life?
Are you a chronic worrier, like any any time there's a moment of quiet your brain runs right off the tracks with all the worries it can come up with?
Do you feel restless or on edge for most of the day?
Are you easily irritated, tired frequently or having trouble concentrating?
Do you worry A LOT about being embarrassed or judged?
Do you have panic attacks?
Do your muscles stay tense?
Do you feel like you worry CONSTANTLY? Like the thoughts in your head just won't stop?
Do you have trouble falling asleep or wake up worrying at 3am?
Have you experienced something traumatic and feel like you can't get past it?
If you answered “yes” to a couple of the questions above, you may be experiencing anxiety. The type and extent of the anxiety will affect how many of the above questions fit your symptoms. Social anxiety, anxiety attacks and generalized anxiety disorder are a few of the common anxiety disorders that people can struggle to deal with in everyday life.
If you still have questions or if you're utterly convinced I'm describing you, I welcome your call, your email, your questions. We can talk specifically about what you're experiencing, sort out what’s happening and work on helping you develop coping skills and tools.
signs of Depression
We all know how to WebMD a condition, so let’s talk about how people usually describe being depressed. The first image that comes to my mind is that antidepressant commercial from years ago with the blob. The poor little guy was so miserable and blob-like and just couldn’t enjoy or feel good about anything. Watching that commercial even made me feel depressed!
Some other ways I hear real people talk about depression:
“I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t want to do anything.”
“I cry all the time” usually said with tears in their eyes.
“I don’t have any energy.”
“I feel empty . . .like there’s not point to anything.”
“I don’t care about things. I used to love to (fill in the blank) but I don’t even care about that anymore.”
“I just want to stop feeling this way.”
“It’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed in the morning. Sometimes I don’t.”
“It’s like I’m stuck in a dark hole and I don’t even care if I get out.”
I swear, depression is like carrying an actual 50 pound weight around. It quickly sucks the life out of us, makes it hard to have any positive experiences, makes us want to be alone—which usually feeds the depression beast—and at its worst, it tries to convince us that life isn’t worth living. Depression is a tyrant! And, it’s a tyrant no one should have to face alone.
I’ve been there—in the dark, in the ooze and the muck, certain that things will never get better. I’m here to tell you that that is depression’s favorite lie. It’s not true . . . not one bit. Please don’t stay lost in the dark by yourself. It’s way too hard and too painful. Reach out. Or, allow someone to reach out to you. You don’t have to keep suffering. You deserve so much better than this pit!
Let us help you learn how to deal with this depression and get back to life as you want it to be. We’d love to talk about how we might partner together to help. Contact us today!
Many other symptoms and experiences can be connected with anxiety and depression as well. Often, when we’re feeling depressed, we don’t feel good about ourselves and may suffer from low self-esteem and low self-confidence, which can impact every other part of life too. Sometimes we can become so depressed that we engage in self-harming behaviors, ranging from overeating to cutting.
Other mental health diagnoses can also overlap with anxiety and depression. Anyone who struggles with Bipolar Disorder knows that depression is a major part of the ups and downs. Experiences or memories of past abuse or traumas up to and including a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis can also go hand in hand with feelings of anxiety and depression.
Sometimes these symptoms may be more organic and biological in nature, and sometimes they’re very tied to something going on in our lives. The environments we live in (home, work, school, community) can have a big impact on how we feel. Situational depression is real and can be debilitating, and you CAN get help. Heck, even the weather can affect our moods--Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a legit issue too!
Getting help in therapy
Carrying around so much pain--it's no way to live!
Whatever may be causing or contributing to your anxiety or depression, I invite you to take the first steps toward healing and reach out to talk about what's causing you so much hurt. Let's work together on helping you find relief.
While we're happy to support folks in any walk of life, we specialize in providing therapy for depression in teens, young adults and professionals. Contact us, and we can begin developing the understanding, support and tools you need to come out on the other side of anxiety and depression.