Anxiety & Depression
Experiencing a certain degree of stress or sadness is normal and even unavoidable. However, excessive amounts of either can keep you from functioning in daily life. These distressing symptoms may hold you back from attaining your goals and reaching your full potential. If you believe you are experiencing levels of anxiety and sadness that are unmanageable and interfering with your daily life, you are not alone.
One of the ways I can help you is by providing coping skills that help manage symptoms. Together, we work to understand the foundation of your emotions and behaviors, allowing you to properly face them and make changes that will improve your response to stressful and depressing situations.
Typical symptoms of anxiety include:
- Sweating or shaking.
- Panic attacks.
- High stress brought on by specific situations.
- Inability to function in public environments.
- Feelings of agitation, worry, tension, or restlessness.
- Inability to focus or concentrate on tasks.
- Trouble falling or staying asleep.
- Avoidance behavior or irrational fear.
Typical symptoms of depression include:
- Changed eating patterns.
- Decreased or increased sleeping habits.
- Disinterest in socializing with people.
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
- Fatigue, restlessness, or irritability.
- Persistent feeling of “emptiness.”
- Aches, pains, or headaches.
- Experiencing difficulties with making decisions.
Treating anxiety and depression
To gauge the severity of the condition, I ask scaling questions regarding the frequency, duration, and intensity of the symptoms. Both mental and physical reactions are important for understanding and effectively addressing an individual’s plight. The more specific examples you are able to give, the better I can help you.
We explore the answers to questions such as:
- How often are you having symptoms?
- When is it happening?
- What is the environment at the time?
- Are you around certain people?
- How long does the feeling last?
- How badly and in what ways are you affected?
For anxiety, I also provide tools and strategies that aim to prevent feeling overwhelmed in the moment. In conjunction, we take incremental steps to help you gain confidence, especially in lacking areas, and reduce inhibiting symptoms.
Dealing with depression involves ongoing thought processing and re-evaluation. Though I prioritize talk therapy and therapeutic strategies, I also work collaboratively with the primary care physician when necessary to rule out underlying conditions that require medication. This step is especially important when working with children and adolescents.
The treatment plan is entirely tailored to a client’s needs. Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) is useful for identifying and tracking stressors and learning to manage negative thought patterns and emotional responses to psychological distress. Mindfulness is helpful in developing coping, grounding, and self-soothing skills. Solution-Focused Therapy can assist in helping one feel less “stuck” and redirect energy to future-focused thinking and increase feelings of hope. Interpersonal Therapy is focused on improving interpersonal relationships and social functioning.