It is impossible to live the life you truly desire if you are struggling with depression-anxiety. At Journey through Life, PLLC we have helped many people through these painful struggles. Below are two stories of individuals experiencing depression-anxiety that may resonate with you. To learn more click on depression or anxiety (I want this to connect with a word anxiety)
Do you suffer with depression?
Below is a story about Mary, who is struggling with depression.
Mary is a married, working mother of three children. Mary is sad because her parents have never given her the attention, acceptance, or validation she has always craved. Mary often cries alone after talking with her parents because she still feels disrespected and misunderstood. Due to years of conflict with her parents, Mary found herself losing interest in pleasurable activities and gained considerable weight when she began using food for comfort.
At work Mary has difficulty thinking, concentrating and making decisionswhich caused a warning from her boss. At home, Mary is either restless or tiredand not able to spend enough time with her husband or children. That has caused marital problems and conflict with her children. Mary now feels worthless and guilty. Mary does not believe she would kill herself, but has suicidal thoughts and is preoccupied with dying when she is overwhelmed.
As you may have guessed, the emboldened words are symptoms of depression. Depression can range from mild to moderate to severe feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
NOTE: If you have suicidal thoughts or are preoccupied with dying, please seek help immediately.
How We Can Help You
Society has observed over the years the number of individuals with depression increasing at alarming rates. One out of 10 people in America suffer with depression and the majority of those suffering with depression are women. Those that struggle with depression may not receive the understanding and support from family and friends that is so desperately needed. This support is essential given that depression is the leading cause of disability. So many people with depression go untreated which is tragic given 80 90 percent report feeling better after just a few weeks of treatment.
Depression can be caused by a number of factors such as unresolved family of origin issues, current situations, and /or chemical imbalances. Based on research, depression-anxiety caused by a chemical imbalance is most effectively treated with medication and therapy. We work closely with a psychiatrist in situations where medication is appropriate. Journey through Life, PLLC can help you learn to reduce your symptoms of depression by:
- Reducing feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Regaining your ability to have interests and fun
- Looking forward to each day and finding excitement
- Overcoming feelings of worthlessness
- Becoming more optimistic and positive
- Analyzing and dealing with past regrets and feelings of guilt
- Increasing your motivation and concentration
- Reconnecting with friends and family
No one is happy all the time, but God intended for us to experience peace and joy in our lives. With help of a caring, Living Life counselor and leaning on your faith, depression-anxiety can be overcome.
Do you suffer with anxiety?
Below is a story about John who is struggling with anxiety.
John is single male, in his early 30s who was raised in a family that enforced stringent rules. Johns father was an engineer and a perfectionist. His mother was very critical in nature. That caused John to be constantly nervous and he would procrastinate because he feared making mistakes and failing his parents. Currently, John has felt keyed up and on edge about his job performance. John feels he worries so much about failing that is drains him of his energy, causing him to become easily fatigued. John also has difficulty concentrating on his work and gets so nervous that his mind goes blank. This has caused John to become irritable with his co-workers and girlfriend. John tries to cope with his stress by working out at the gym to alleviate his muscle tension. John also finds it difficult to fall and stay asleep because he is preoccupied with fears of his boss disapproval.
As you may have guessed the emboldened words are symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety can range from mild to moderate to severe feelings of fear and even panic attacks. Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors such as unresolved family of origin issues, current situations, and/or chemical imbalances.
How We Can Help You
Having feelings of anxiety is experienced by virtually everyone at some point during their life. For some people the daily stresses that we face cause anxiety. For others, these same stresses are more of an annoyance then anything. Others may experience severe fear and anxiety from typical, daily events. This severe fear may even lead to panic attacks or a person being afraid to leave their home.
To put anxiety into perspective, it is useful to know that anxiety disorders are fairly common. However, because anxiety disorders can be debilitating, it is critical to gain an understanding of the source of our anxiety and how to deal with it. In treating anxiety disorders, we work with individuals to understand their spontaneous thoughts in reaction to an anxiety triggering event. We have found that often these thoughts can be at the root of a persons anxiety. We help individuals to understand their core beliefs and challenge those beliefs that may be negatively impacting their lives.
Based on research, anxiety caused by a chemical imbalance is most effectively treated with medication and therapy. We work closely with a psychiatrist in situations where medication is appropriate. Journey through Life, PLLC can help you learn to deal with stress and depression-anxiety by:
- Managing panic attacks
- Understanding and alleviating fears
- Easing phobias
- Reducing feelings of worry
- Learning effective problem-solving techniques
At Journey through Life, PLLC, we can help you learn to effectively deal and overcome the affects depression-anxiety may be having on your life or the lives of your family. Give us a call We can help.
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