Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
It is very common for a lot of people to become anxious or feel depressed at times, and these feelings can come about for many reasons:
- Losing a loved one or family member.
- Getting fired from a job
- Going through a divorce
- Having no money
Although these are reactions to life’s stresses, some people can have these feelings on a daily basis without any reason, this can make it nearly impossible for them to carry on with everyday functions.
Anxiety and Depression are two very different things but are closely linked as one can quite easily lead to the other without you knowing it.
What Causes Anxiety to Lead to Depression?
Some people can become nervous or worry about things that many other people wouldn’t even give a consideration, even these people who have anxiety orders like this know their thoughts are irrational, but they are unable to do anything about it, this feeling in itself can make people more agitated and nervous.
Couples counseling therapists have mentioned,
It is a cycle, and when you find yourself becoming anxious, you have thoughts of worry, to which you feel bad about, this then gives you a sense of failure, and you slip into depression.
“My partner passed away, and I withdrew inside myself. I blamed myself and sank deeper into self-hate and depression. My health suffered, and then a friend took me to therapy. At the time I had no idea it was Couples Counseling of Portland. They understood, and after a month or so they had snapped me out of it.”
- C Gable (Summerlin)
Symptoms of Anxiety & Depression
Many of the symptoms listed below are clear signs a person may suffer from an anxiety disorder or from depression, or in some cases, it is possible for them to suffer from both:
- Continually worrying and having fears
- A change in eating habits, either eating too little or too much
- A constant feeling of sadness or self-worthlessness
- A lack of interest in activities or hobbies
- Always feeling tired and irritable
- Unable to sleep (insomnia)
- Unable to relax and have panic attacks
Physical Symptoms encountered can be:
- Headaches & Fatigue
- Breathing difficulties & Rapid heartbeats
Sweating & Hot flushes
Warnings Not to Be Ignored
If you or you know of another who is fighting against anxiety or depression, you should be on the lookout for warning signs which can prevent a mental health problem.
- Substance Abuse or Drinking
- Severe mood swings
- A lack of self-care and daily hygiene and no incentive to get out of bed
- Can be aggressive, violent or has a threatening behavior
- Mentions suicide and finding no reason for living
Can appear confused while having hallucinations
The good news is, both of these symptoms can be treated and should actually be treated at the same time, and both treatments need to be managed by a qualified therapist or psychiatrist.
No one should have to suffer from anxiety or depression, so it is advisable to contact a healthcare professional, therapist or psychiatrist regarding anyone showing symptoms of anxiety, and hopefully this treatment is able to prevent depression from setting in.
Exercise – this has been shown to fend off the effects of anxiety and depression for up to 12 hours and the chemicals which are released into the body can give a person that “Feel Good Factor”
Practicing Relaxation – both mindfulness and meditation, can both ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, and will in the process improve an overall quality of life.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) – is commonly used in treating anxiety disorders and depression. This can help people learn how to manage any fears, anxieties, and symptoms of depression. It also helps people how to manage their emotions.
Antidepressant Medication – these can be prescribed to treat either condition and are used alongside CBT.
Therapy Sessions - Organizations which offer mental health services or therapy, these can include hospitals or support groups in your local community.