Anxiety & Depression

Do you find yourself worrying about the future?  Have you always been a “sensitive” person or anxious from an early age?  Maybe you just recently started to experience anxiety or panic attacks and it’s throwing you for a loop.

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect 40million adults  aged 18+ in the United States every year?*  The good news is that anxiety disorders are some of the most successfully treatable conditions, yet only 36.9% of those suffering with anxiety get treated.*

Having an anxiety disorder is nothing to feel shame or embarrassment about.  Research shows that the numbers of  Americans, particularly young Americans, with anxiety is increasing with each decade.* Is it any wonder? Modern life can be stressful!

Common Symptoms of Anxiety  can include:

  • sleep problems
  • feeling nervous, tense or on edge
  • inability to stop worrying
  • difficulty concentrating
  • trouble relaxing
  • Feeling irritable or easily annoyed
  • feeling like something awful is going to happen
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • nausea

Anxiety and Depression often go together.  Nearly 1/2 of those Diagnosed with depression will also have an anxiety disorder. The risk factors for Anxiety disorders are complex.  They include:

  • genetics
  • brain chemistry
  • personality
  • life events (Stress!)
  • Substance abuse and use
  • grief and loss
  • trauma (emotional, physical or sexual abuse, childhood neglect, etc)

The good news is that anxiety is treatable!  It may be treated with therapy, medication or both.  In therapy we’ll examine your lifestyle to see what factors may be triggering your anxiety.  We always like to look at natural, holistic measures you can take to improve your sense of well-being.  This includes looking at your eating, sleeping and exercise routines and tweaking things that might be contributing to your unease.  You will learn to use Cognitive Behavioral Tools to help you learn some new ways of thinking about life and to help you change unhealthy thought patterns and coping behaviors that aren’t working for you.

Together we’ll explore some holistic practices that can help you with stress management.   These include:

  • Breathing and grounding exercises
  • meditation
  • mindfulness
  • progressive muscle relaxation
  • also exploring complementary practices like Yoga, QiGong, acupuncture, massage, and energy work, that are known to help ease stress.

As we embark on this journey together, I’ll walk the path with you, observing your progress and providing referrals to other medical or complimentary practitioners along the way, when appropriate.

You don’t have to suffer with anxiety!  We can tackle this together with compassion and empathy!  You can get your life back! Request an appointment or more information today!

 

*Sources for information:

https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

https://www.thecut.com/2016/03/for-80-years-young-americans-have-been-getting-more-anxious-and-depressed.html

 

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