Depression, Anxiety & Panic
Are you or someone you care for, feeling hopeless? Are you losing interest in things you once loved, low in energy, and focused on negative self-talk? These feelings tend to come around for all of us, but when they take over you mind, it might be time for an evaluation with a psychotherapist.There may be a different reason for your emotional woes and mood changes, and if it is depression you will have taken the most important first step to getting well. If you are experiencing depression, research shows that prompt depression treatment is important.
Depression treatment is often very successful. Depression includes a group of mental health disorders that affect approximately 18.8 million people, or 9.5% of adults in the U.S. every year. While everyone is susceptible to depression, men and women, adults, the elderly, adolescents, and children of all ages, nearly twice as many women are affected by a depressive disorder each year. Because no one has come up with a definitive answer as to what actually causes depression, depression treatment continues to be debated. Scientists have learned quite a bit over about the biological and psychological factors in the past decade, including what increases an individual’s chance of being affected by depression.
Some of the life stresses that are associated with depression include:
- Life-changing events
- Long-term stress
- A history of trauma or abuse
- Seasonal factors
Studies have confirmed that both psychotherapy and medication are successful in treating depression. Each situation is assessed individually, and the treatment or combinations of treatments best suited are implemented. Clients who seek a psychotherapist often begin to experience relief from depression within weeks of seeking depression treatment.
People with depression may experience a variety of symptoms, but most commonly seen is a deep feeling of sadness or a marked loss of interest and pleasure in activities ( The American Psychiatric Association) Other symptoms may include:
Irritability, agitation or restlessness
Lower sex drive
Inability to focus
Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Change is appetite, eating too much or too little
Chronic fatigue and lethargy
Unexplainable crying spells
Unexplainable physical symptoms such as headaches or body aches
Feeling hopeless and worthless
Withdrawal from social situations and normal activities
Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression can affect people of all ages, races and socio-economic classes, and can strike at any time. The condition is found in twice as many women as men, according to the NIMH.
If you are feeling depressed, it’s important that you know you’re not alone. Depression, even in the most severe cases, can be treated. The earlier that depression treatment can begin, the more effective it can be. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
Panic and anxiety treatment can be extremely successful and increase your quality of life. Anxiety symptoms fall into three categories:
If you are experiencing anxiety or panic symptoms, the most important first step is to schedule a physical with your M. D. to rule out any medical causes of the symptoms. Whenever emotional thoughts or mood symptoms are present to ensure medical wellness, finding the physical associations is important. What is equally important to anxiety treatment is understanding that you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Weak all over
Rapid, pounding heartbeat or palpitations
Tightness in the chest
Dizziness and sweating
Muscle tension, aches or tremors
Anxiety causes changes in the body. Adrenalin and cortisol levels rise, and the body responds. When this occurs, the physical experiences in the body are the same as in an emergency; the heart races to allow quick muscular exertion and escape, breathing is rapid and shallow in an alarmed state, muscles tighten and tense up in anticipation of taking action, the chest feels pressure from both the rapid heart rate and the hyperventilation.
Do you think to yourself? ”I can’t carry on. I have to get out of here.”
“What if I make a fool of myself?”
People are looking at me all the time
I am having a heart attack
I am going to faint
I am going crazy
I am confused, losing control
Anxiety and panic cause the adrenalin and cortisol to rapidly increase. Concentration and attention are impaired, it is difficult to think clearly. The body is ready to react to an emergency which does not exist, so the mind is confused as a struggle to understand what is happening takes place. It is very easy to misinterpret the very real physical reactions, causing fearful thoughts to take control.
ANXIETY AND PANIC; EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS
Feeling like something terrible is going to happen
Being full of fears that fill your mind
Feeling uneasy and alone a lot of the time
Feeling isolated, down in the dumps, without control
Feeling embarrassed, rejected, criticized
It has been a very fulfilling experience as a professional psychotherapist to witness the improvement, relief, and healing of clients with anxiety treatment. Anxiety disorders may be successfully treated by psychotherapy, and often a combination of anxiety treatment and medication. Research provides strong data to support claims that anxiety treatment can be successful.