Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are the most common reason individuals seek psychotherapy. They are also among the most treatable of all mental health disorders due to the preponderance of research and subsequent treatments developed to effectively ameliorate the symptoms for individuals suffering from these afflictions.
The most common of these is Major Depression. Often individuals suffering from depression do not recognize the symptoms they are experiencing as stemming from depression. Feelings of grief and sadness are, in many instances, a natural and appropriate response to the events in one’s life. However, if you are experiencing five or more of the following symptoms for most of the day for longer than a two-week period, you could be suffering from Major Depression:
- Overwhelming sadness
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Weight loss or gain
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Fatigue or low energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Trouble concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide
Depression is a serious illness that can lead to life-threatening consequences. If left untreated, 60% of those who have suffered one episode of Major Depression will experience another more progressive episode. There are also several risk factors associated with depression: being a woman, woman are twice as likely to experience depression as men; family history or previous depressive episodes; drug and alcohol abuse; and lack of social support.
Depression is a very treatable illness. The most effective treatments for depression have been shown to be psychotherapy alone or psychotherapy combined with appropriate medications. Our staff is highly trained in the most effective clinical treatments for depression. You do not need to needlessly suffer from depression. We encourage you to seek the help for you or your loved one today.
Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. (NIMH)
The major types of anxiety disorders are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobias
There are probably more effective treatments available for anxiety disorders than for any other mental health related issue including counseling for depression. You do not have to live a restricted life confined to fear, worry, or your residence. Individuals with anxiety disorders can lead productive, fulfilling lives. As an individual who lived with anxiety disorders for over three decades before seeking treatment, and as a therapist who knows how to treat these disorders, I can attest to the ability of any individual to be able to successfully overcome this needless suffering. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, contact us for help today.