Depression & Anxiety Treatment
Depression and anxiety are not a state of mind that you can just shake off or snap out of.
If you are living with untreated depression and/or anxiety it can be the source of considerable emotional distress, hopelessness and isolation.
The good news is that with an experienced professional evaluation and thoughtful plan, your symptoms can be alleviated and managed and you can get back to the business of your life.
Both depression and anxiety disorders are far more common than most people realize.
They are not signs of weakness.
Rather, anxiety and depression are medical conditions that are very treatable.
You are not alone.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 9 percent of adults will have symptoms of despair, hopelessness and/or guilt that indicate some form of depression.
And according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders surpass depression in affecting approximately 40 million adults or 18 percent of the adult population in the United States.
Losses and other life changes can normally result in a low mood, sadness and tearfulness.
So how do you tell the difference between a typical reaction and a more serious depression?
Clinical Depression is different than a bout of the blues.
Clinical depression has a direct impact on your work, relationships and ability to take pleasure in day-to-day activities.
Consider that depression is an illness that affects you physically, emotionally and behaviorally.
I often tell clients that treating clinical depression is similar to treating diabetes. They are both medical illnesses that require different approaches to monitoring and managing symptoms.
You may be experiencing some of these symptoms.
- Appetite changes – weight gain or no appetite, and weight loss
- Sleep disturbance – trouble falling asleep, sleeping too much
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness
- Guilt and self-blame
- Loss of interest in activities that typically bring you pleasure.
- Irritability, anger even over insignificant matters
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Lack of energy
Treatment for depression yields many benefits.
Is it any wonder that if you are feeling lethargic, hopeless and sad, that it could be difficult to ask for help? You might have unrealistic expectations that you should be able to handle it on your own.
Yet it is best to meet with an experienced therapist who can assess your situation so that you can begin to feel more like yourself again.
It has been my experience that clients feel reassured and hopeful after having a name for what they are going through and clear steps to take towards alleviating their symptoms.
Experiencing anxiety at times is a normal part of everyday life. You might worry about making a good impression before an important interview. Or you might have butterflies when preparing to teach a class for the first time. During or after the event, the anxiety subsides and you are feeling positive about the outcome.
Anxiety Disorders are different from everyday stress.
You may suffer from chronic feelings of anxiety or repeated sudden episodes of panic and fear. Persistent and excessive worrying interferes with experiencing your life joyfully.
Physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate, sweating and trembling can accompany episodes of panic.
It could be very difficult to concentrate on anything other than what you are worrying about. You might avoid certain situations so as not to experience a sense of dread and apprehension.
There is no need to suffer silently. If your anxiety or worrying interferes with your relationships, work or ability to enjoy your life, then you can benefit from professional support.
How Therapy Can Be Helpful with Depression and Anxiety
Treating men and women with various anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders has been an integral part of my psychotherapy practice for over thirty years.
Both anxiety and depression can come from many sources. Your symptoms could be related to a medical condition, a recent or past trauma, other life circumstances or a genetic predisposition.
My intention is to put you at ease, knowing that by thoroughly evaluating your symptoms and circumstances, we will make sense of what you are going through. Together we will create a treatment plan with the goals of alleviating your symptoms and addressing any areas of concern that may be contributing to distress.
Once you have a clear plan in place, you will begin to see that there really is light at the end of the tunnel.
"I’m embarrassed that I can’t seem to deal with this on my own."
I often tell clients that if they could feel better, they would. Like most people, I’m sure you have tried different strategies to manage your symptoms. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
Depression and anxiety do not discriminate. You didn’t bring this upon yourself and you are not to blame.
Taking the first step in seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You will have a profound sense of relief once you have a clearer understanding of the source of your distress, knowing that you are on the path to restoring your health.
What are the next steps?
Please feel free to contact me at 303.759.9171 for a free telephone consultation. It will give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have that will allow you to feel comfortable moving forward.
We can decide in that conversation if you would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.