Depression & Anxiety
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Depression
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Feeling sad or “blue” at one time or another is not unusual for many of us.  It only lasts a few days and then we feel like ourselves again.  However, people who suffer with clinical depression experience the symptoms of depression much deeper and for a longer period of time.  If you have been feeling the symptoms of depression consistently for longer than 2 weeks, you may have clinical depression.  Whether you are suffering from major depression, bipolar depression, dysthymic disorder (a mild to moderate type of chronic depression), postpartum depression, or SAD (seasonal affective disorder), there is effective treatment available. 

Prior to meeting with a therapist, I often recommend to clients that they have a thorough physical done by their primary care physician in order to rule out any physical issues that may contribute to their depressive symptoms.  Sometimes, medications or physical problems such as diabetes or thyroid problems can mimic the symptoms of depression. If you and your physician determine that there is no medical condition that contributes to your depressive symptoms, meeting with a psychotherapist would be your next step. 

The process of psychotherapy need not be intimidating.  It is my hope that my clients look at it as an opportunity to explore who they are and how their life experiences impacted them.  Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the methods I use to help my clients, who suffer from depression, identify the negative thoughts and behavior patterns that hold them back from achieving their goals and feeling happy, confident, and motivated.   Negative thoughts create negative feelings. My job is to help you let go of the thoughts and feelings that are keeping you from your goals. You can then begin to free yourself from unproductive patterns that keep you feeling “stuck”.  Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have about depression and the treatment that I offer. 

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

 

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering
  details, and making decisions

• Fatigue
• Insomnia or excessive sleeping

• Irritability, restlessness

• Relationship Issues​

​• Persistent sad, anxious,
  or "empty" feelings

​• Low Self-Esteem

​• Overeating or appetite loss

• Issues of Grief and Loss

​• Stress/Anger​

​​• Thoughts or attempts of suicide

Anxiety counselor

 

 

SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY

 

• Excessive worry

• Sleep problems

• Irrational fears

• Muscle tension

• Chronic indigestion

• Self conscious

• Panic

• Perfectionism

• Compulsive behaviors

• Self Doubt

 

Anxiety

 

 

In the U.S., approximately 40 million adults are affected by anxiety disorders each year.  It is now believed that anxiety and stress are responsible for 80% or more of all chronic health problems. Anxiety affects all aspects of our lives and, if gone untreated, can lead to sleep disorders, psychosomatic symptoms, difficulties at work, school, and in personal relationships, and even major depression. If you are finding that anxiety is impacting your life, it is time to seek help. Whether you suffer from panic attacks, excessive worry and fears, social or other phobias, or general anxiety, there is effective treatment available. Cognitive behavioral therapy, deep breathing exercises, and exploring negative thought patterns are some of the effective treatments that I use to help my clients overcome anxiety. I would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have about anxiety and about the treatments available and the services I provide.