Relief from Anxiety and Depression
When we experience hard times, our tendency is often to shoulder the burden alone, dealing quietly with our difficulties for fear of embarrassment at not being able to “handle it” ourselves. These trying emotional periods can come and go swiftly with ordinary life stressors, or they might be frequent and long-lasting, leading to troublesome feelings of fear or worthlessness.
Anxiety and depression — two of the most common mood disorders people experience — are highly treatable, yet highly debilitating when left unaddressed. If you’re experiencing dark moods or if thoughts of the future fill you with worry, it’s time to be honest with yourself about how you feel. Acknowledging the reality of where you are right now is the first step toward finding the life you’d rather be living, one of fulfillment and joy.
She went by herself anyway, and saw that a few of her friends that said they had other plans were there with other people. Instead of being excited to see them, she figured they simply didn’t want to go with her. She began to feel so uncomfortable that she started to have difficulty breathing, and left the venue before the band even started to play.
Caleb has been working the same job as a copy editor at a local newspaper since he graduated college 5 years ago. At first, the job was an excitement to him, as he was one of the few people he graduated with who didn’t carry a diploma directly into the food service industry. He spent his first few years there eager to do well, and would do a lot of research on and off the clock — he became a news junkie, and his layouts were frequently praised by his supervisors.
When his college sweetheart Amanda decided she wanted to see other people last year, however, he was shocked and would try calling her several times per day, leaving long voicemails trying to make things better when he should have been editing stories. He began missing deadlines frequently, and his supervisor’s attitude toward him has shifted. In the months since the breakup, he’s been able to better keep up with his responsibilities, but his innovative spark has yet to return.
Anxiety is defined as feelings of doubt and undue worry about future events and possible outcomes. These feelings can be debilitating to the point where even normal day-to-day tasks can feel overwhelming.
If you’re dealing with anxiety, you might have noticed a few of the following symptoms:
- Uneasy, unsettling feeling
- Persistent, unwarranted worry
- Depressed mood
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Sweaty hands
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sudden change in eating habits
- Change in blood pressure
- Irritable mood
Someone suffering from depression isn’t so much afraid of what will happen in the future because they believe they already know what will happen. Depression can last for weeks, months or years, and the individual experiencing it might have a hard time believing that things will ever improve.
The symptoms of depression include:
- Physical exhaustion despite sleep
- Depressed mood
- Negative self-talk
- Difficulty sleeping
- Persistent physical ailments despite treatment
- Difficulty focusing
- Slowed thinking
- Significant change in appetite, resulting in shifts in weight
Find Relief from Anxiety and Depression Today
If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression or possibly even both, know that the clinicians at Thriveworks Austin are here to help you when you need it. Unlike many therapy offices where the waiting lists are long and your insurance plan might not be accepted, Thriveworks Austin is dedicated to getting you into your first session within a week of your call to us, if not within 24 hours.
You don’t have to experience these troubling feelings alone. Many people have gone through exactly what you’re going through right now, and have learned, through counseling and coaching, how it’s possible to live a life that’s characterized by hope, joy and fulfillment.