Anxiety & Depression

 

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling that many people experience when dealing with stressful or threatening situations. Anxiety is often called “stress.”  Some anxiety is normal.   Anxiety helps us at times to deal with difficult situations because fear and anxiety alert us to danger.  These responses are the result of the body and mind telling us that something is wrong.  Our anxiety may tell us that we need to get out of a certain situation or make some changes in our lives.   An anxiety disorder, however is associated with more intense feelings of nervousness, and reactions to this nervousness.

However, just as these emotions can be helpful, if they become too overwhelming, they can actually keep us from doing the things we need to do in order to have the lives we want to live.  In a way, they can become paralyzing unless understood and dealt with in a rational way.  There are many different types of anxiety disorders, for example: panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, specific phobias like social phobia and agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Depression

 Normal everyday sadness can last for a few minutes to a few days.   We’ve all felt these periods of being “down” or “sad.” These feelings are a normal part of being human.   However, when those feelings become intense and last for extended periods of time they may be symptoms of a dysfunctional form of sadness called depression.

Depression is feelings that go beyond the “everyday sort.”  Depression is often prolonged and persistent.  It is negative mood, which can color and interfere with many aspects of one’s life.  It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, and self-doubt.   In severe cases, suicidal thoughts may also be present.  Depression can often be helped by seeing a counselor.   At Solid Ground Counseling, our therapists will use a treatment approach specifically designed for you.   The goal is to treat not only the symptoms, but the causes.