Do I have Depression/Anxiety?
Depression is a word that is thrown around often, but when is it enough to come into therapy? The symptoms that are more commonly though of include: Loss of interest, sadness, guilt, exhaustion and irritability. But sometimes depression manifests in ways different than you might think. Physically, some may feel stomach pains, headaches, problems sleeping, and motor control difficulty.
Anxiety is something that everyone feels, but sometimes it is too overwhelming to do everyday tasks. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in the United States, so if you feel like this, you are not alone. Disorders such as phobias, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorders fall under the anxiety classification. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are closely related.
Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. To cope with these hard feelings, some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat, causing them to develop often medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression and anxiety come in many different forms and for many different reasons. Depression and anxiety have been shown to run in families and are triggered by trauma or adverse life circumstances. Oftentimes, higher rates are seen after giving birth (postpartum) and in late fall (seasonal). ur clients come in for a variety of reasons, many times looking for ways to healthily cope with the struggles they are facing.
Mental and physical health are closely related. Both depression and anxiety can affect your physical wellbeing, and for this reason it is oftentimes important to inform your personal care physician of the symptoms you are having. Sometimes there is a cause for these symptoms that counseling can’t fully treat. In some cases, it might be necessary to get a psychiatric assessment to determine if medication is necessary.
Most times, talk therapy is helpful to process the events that might have led to the depression or anxiety. Other times, having someone who is nonjudgemental and can help keep you accountable for healthier lifestyle changes can also help alleviate depression and anxiety. Certain types of therapy, such as EMDR, can also be helpful with depression and anxiety.
If you’re interested in coming in for an assessment, call us at (713) 234-7172 for a complimentary ten minute consultation.