Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and Depression are usually a result of early life experiences and can come in many mental and physical forms. Uncontrollable thoughts, irrational thoughts, excessive worrying, stress, overthinking, and an overactive mind are all forms of anxiety that often interfere with daily life functioning. Concerns about money, work, future plans, relationships, family problems, and health issues are common when having anxiety. Physical forms of anxiety can be headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, fatigue, trembling, irritability, and insomnia. These symptoms of anxiety can disrupt a person's everyday life, keep them from completing daily functions and participating in activities.

 

Depression can affect each person differently. Common symptoms are unexplainable sadness, low energy, loss of hope and drive, and make performing usual activities difficult or exhausting. Both depression and anxiety can be a result of childhood trauma, family history, medical conditions, certain drug use, concentration difficulties, feelings of guilt, and loss of a loved one. Psychotherapy is an important part of the treatment for anxiety and depression. Therapy can help a person learn effective methods to address trauma, overcome mood disorders, practice problem solving, and cope with negative feelings contributing to their symptoms. 

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