Everyone of us at some point in our lives experiences anxiety or sadness. Many times these feelings will come and go on their own, and people will cope with them by turning to family or friends, hobbies, or other coping mechanisms. But, sometimes these feelings can be so severe they get in the way of living your best life. When this happens, it’s best to seek help from a licensed professional.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
* Excessive worry about everyday things
*Inability to control worries
*Increased heart rate
Depression symptoms can also vary among individuals, and they commonly include:
*Down or sad mood
*Loss of interests or pleasure
*Loss of appetite
When Is It Time to Seek Help?
When these symptoms impair everyday function and your relationships with others, your anxiety or depression has become severe. Avoiding social interaction, an inability to drive, avoiding going to work, and staying inside all of the time are examples of when symptoms are starting to go too far. It’s during these times when people seek out additional help to reduce their distress, like talking to a licensed counselor.
Therapy can be one step to help someone struggling with anxiety and/or depression. During the first initial appointment, a therapist meets with you and gathers information about what you would like to see improve. Then with the help of the therapist, you create a plan for specific steps to guide you toward living a better life.
Developing a plan for your life with a therapist will likely involve one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for anxiety and depression, called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT involves replacing negative and irrational thoughts with a healthy and adaptive thought process, ending the depression and anxiety cycle.
Experiencing anxiety and depression can be a scary time in a person’s life. There is a better way. At Move Forward Counseling we work with our clients to teach positive coping mechanisms that will help them to live happy, fulfilling lives. You can be ok. You can feel like yourself again.