It is common to feel anxious and sadness from time to time. These feelings may arise after an event or during a transition in life, like a job promotion, fender bender, illness, or a divorce. Sometimes we are able to manage these symptoms on our own by utilizing our support systems and coping skills. Sometimes, however, it is more difficult to manage and can be debilitating and impairing.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can arise differently between individuals but some commonly reported symptoms include excessive worry about everyday things, inability to control worries, racing thoughts, irritability, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Physical symptoms are also common, these may include muscle tension, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and nausea.
Symptoms of Depression
Similar to anxiety, symptoms of depression can vary among individuals as well. The most common symptoms include a down or sad mood, loss of interests or pleasure, hopelessness, feeling empty, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, and worthlessness. Physical symptoms may include back pain, chest pain, and headaches.
These symptoms become significant when they cause impairment in everyday functioning and in relationships with others. Examples of this may include avoiding social interaction, inability to drive, missing work, and staying inside excessively. It is during these times that many people seek out additional help to reduce their distress.
How Therapy Can Help
Therapy can be one support to help with these concerns. During the first initial appointment the therapist meets with the individual and gathers information about what he or she would like to see improve. Collaboratively the therapist and individual create a goal plan that includes specific steps that will help the individual experience positive progress. The goal plan will most likely involve a therapeutic approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is the most effective treatment for anxiety and depression. CBT involves replacing negative and irrational thoughts with a healthy and adaptive thought process, which ends the depression and anxiety cycle.
Experiencing anxiety and depression can be a scary time in someone’s life. At Move Forward Counseling located in Lancaster County, we have therapists that specialize in anxiety and depression. We can provide the most effective treatment to help provide relief from these emotions.