Depression & Anxiety

Depression 

Most of us experience times in our life where we feel down, sad or lonely.  When a person is suffering from depression, these feelings persist and cause a great amount of pain and disruption to normal life.  Some common symptoms of depression include: 

  • Exhaustion
  • Anger or agitation 
  • Unmotivated
  • Feeling hopeless 
  • Numb
  • Changes to sleep or appetite

Anxiety

Anxiety is very common and is a normal emotional response to daily life events.  Anxiety can become a problem when it effects your functioning.  If you find yourself experiencing worry that you can’t control,  changes to sleep, avoidance of people, places or things that you enjoy, agitation or irritability, or panic attacks, you may consider getting some professional support.  Anxiety may be caused by many things including:

  • Stressful life events such as a break-up/divorce, job change or loss, move, financial difficulty
  • An event causing an emotional trauma 
  • Stress from a medical illness
  • Excessive worry

How can therapy help?

You may be wondering how “talking about it” can help with depression or anxiety.  Psychotherapy alone can be very effective in treating both these issues.  A therapist can help you recognize un-productive thinking patterns, provide perspective, and coping strategies that you may not be able to achieve on your own.   I utilize evidenced-based treatments such as CBT, EMDR, and DBT as well as providing resources (books, articles, videos) to supplement your therapeutic work.  Check out my blog for tips on managing anxiety and depression.