Getting Help for Depression and Anxiety
Depression can occur in people at any given time. It can be biological (a chemical imbalance in the brain) or it can be a response to life circumstances or trauma. Depression can be accompanied by anxiety or can be experienced on it’s own.
Psychotherapy for depression and anxiety can help:
- Feeling low more days than not
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Trouble sleeping or feeling so tired you could sleep all the time
- Low energy and you feel like your dragging
- Difficulty concentrating
- A nagging or profound sadness
- Feelings of hopelessness
You can have an intense or acute experience with depression, called a major depressive episode, or you can have a more chronic, low-level experience of these symptoms that seem to last over longer periods of time. Symptoms can vary from mild up to severe.
Signs of anxiety that counseling and therapy may help:
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling agitated
- Having an excess of energy
- Feeling sweaty
- Chest pain
- Fear of losing control (or other fears)
You may experience anxiety without depression symptoms.
With any of the above instances of anxiety or depression, therapy and counseling can be helpful to explore and work through these issues. As you explore and understand some of what is triggering these unpleasant and occasionally incapacitating symptoms, in therapy, you can feel relief. Through counseling for depression and anxiety, you can learn to identify the detrimental thoughts and behavior patterns that contribute to your feeling badly and then challenge them. You can learn to substitute life-enhancing thoughts and beliefs.
Depression is an illness and there are many ways to treat it. Together we can uncover the ways that will help you to discover happiness and relief in your life. Living more peacefully with yourself is what you deserve.
Take the first step and contact me or call my Washington, DC office (202-333-1787) to seek help with depression or anxiety.