What is Depression?
Depression occurs when you feel down or blue for an extended period of time. It’s usually fairly persistent and can affect appetite, sleep and/or mood. You may have experienced depression on and off throughout your life or it can be something you’ve never encountered. Regardless, if you don’t feel happy for awhile and can’t seem to get back to how you usually feel, then therapy is often helpful.
Review the following list of symptoms. If you are experiencing any ONE of them, you should seek help. There is no reason to live this way if you don’t have to.
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Feeling like you don’t want to do the things you used to enjoy
- Frequently crying or feeling like you want to cry
- Eating less or more than you usually do
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
Don’t forget, there is help available to you. You can feel better. Therapy can help make a difference.
I began my sessions with Terri because I was often feeling sad and anxious, and I was unsure about how to live a happier life. I was feeling overwhelmed. Even during our first session together, I began to feel the load lifting from me.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is primarily marked by feeling nervous or anxious. You may also have difficulty breathing and/or a racing heartbeat, but you don’t have to experience those. If a general feeling of nervousness comes over you, then you suffer from anxiety.
Panic attacks are a more severe form of anxiety. These are marked by severe nervousness, difficulty breathing and/or a racing heartbeat. Sometimes the symptoms are so strong that people feel like they are having a heart attack.
Phobias are another type of anxiety. They are marked by a fear of something so specific that you avoid it. These fears can include, but are not limited to, a fear of flying, riding in elevators, leaving your home (agoraphobia), interacting with other people (social phobia), etc.
When it comes to phobias, I have a lot of experience helping individuals suffering from social phobia. When you suffer from social phobia, you are so afraid to interact with strangers that you avoid any contact with people you don’t know. This can be so severe that you may even cross the street to avoid passing someone on the sidewalk. The very idea of encountering a stranger, even a therapist, may make it difficult to seek help. You can do it, though. Coming into my office with a relative or friend an often help to reduce your anxiety. Then you and I can work together to help you find relief from this debilitating issue.
Whether you are feeling anxiety, panic attacks and/or depression, there is help. During therapy you will learn how to alleviate your symptoms when these feelings strike. Therapy can also help reduce the frequency in which these feelings occur.