Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand – though not always. Sometimes depression can lead to anxiety and vice versa. If you have one or both conditions, there’s hope for you.
Is your mind often on overdrive? Do you find it hard to sleep at night as thoughts race through your head? Worrying about a big upcoming event isn’t the same as having chronic anxiety – which can be debilitating and interfere with your everyday life.
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults (18.1%) yearly (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). While anxiety disorders are very treatable, only 36.9% of sufferers get the help they need.
Signs and Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Worrying uncontrollably about “normal” situations or occurrences
- Difficulty concentrating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Numbness or tingling in the body
- Muscle tension
Do you tend to feel fatigued, lose interest or motivation quickly, or find it difficult to continue with everyday activities like work and social engagements? Do you ever feel useless, considerably distressed or agitated, or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from depression.
Approximately 264 million people around the globe experienced depression in 2017 (Our World Data). Depressive disorders can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of Depression
- Disturbed sleep
- Trouble paying attention or concentrating
- Reduced confidence and self-esteem
- Pessimistic and bleak views of the future
- Diminished appetite
- Self-harm or suicidal ideation
Don’t wait to get the help you need. Anxiety and depression are both treatable and can often be treated similarly.
Counseling and Other Treatment for Anxiety and Depression
Many people take medications for their anxiety or depression. While medication can help treat some of the symptoms and can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, it can’t solve all issues.
Making some significant lifestyle changes may help lessen your anxiety and depression. Avoiding stimulants (like coffee), meditating, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and healthy eating can help ease feelings of stress and anxiety.
Counseling for anxiety and depression is designed to explore the root of the issues you’re facing by digging deep into your behavior. In therapy, you can learn strategies for successfully coping with depression and anxiety and confidently moving toward your goals to lead the life you want.
If you live in Colorado Springs, Black Forest, or a surrounding area, please feel free to stop by my office to start therapy or talk with me to learn more. If you’re in the state of Colorado or Minnesota, we can begin working together online via virtual video sessions.