Feeling Anxiety Is Normal
Feelings on anxiety come and go throughout our lives. It is a normal emotion and serves an important function in our lives. In many way, it keeps us alive…it reminds us to look for cars before crossing a street or the butterflies we feel before interviewing for a job. However, anxiety can be debilitating when it no longer helps us to function in normal ways.
Clinical anxiety disorders (called by a number of different names based on symptoms) is one of the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million Americans every year. Because it is so common, it has been well studied and there are effective treatments available to those who are struggling.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the second-leading cause of work disability by 2020. Depression is much more than just a chemical imbalance in the brain, though that may be a component. Your particular challenges may be caused by a variety of different factors, such as a genetic predisposition, cultural influences, economics, unmet expectations, etc. Alternately, you may be struggling to adjust to a difficult transition – starting college, having a baby, losing a job or ending a relationship among other things.
Some factors that contribute to depression– such as cultural influence or disappointment – can be influenced, changed, etc., others are not subject to our control or influence without medication and other treatments.
At Integrated Counseling and Wellness you can receive and benefit from treatments for anxiety and learn that there is a way through this challenging problem. With treatment, distressing symptoms, negative thoughts and emotions can be controlled more effectively, resulting in a calmer, more peaceful and productive life.
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Evidence-based Treatment for Anxiety
Regardless of whether you have battled anxiety for the majority of your life, or are experiencing it for the first time, it can be hard to understand and manage. Through evidence-based treatment at Integrated Counseling and Wellness- Sugar Land, By using cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psycho-education, biofeedback, breathing exercises and a variety of integrative techniques, you can learn to better understand the difficult thoughts, emotions and symptoms you are experiencing
We also understand that effective coping skills might need to be developed before feeling ready to discuss and explore the root cause(s) of your anxiety. You will also learn to trust and accept the thoughts that you know are right and ignore the irrational and detrimental thoughts. As you learn to develop self-compassion and give and receive compassion with others, you can let go of shame and self-doubt and feel confident in your life.
The Difference Between Clinical Depression and Depression
The term “depression” means having feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or disappointment. While these feelings can be a normal part of life, when these persist and affect your daily life it can be an illness called clinical depression – also referred to as major depression or “major depressive disorder.” This condition is characterized by:
- Fatigue or restlessness
- Feelings of guilt, sadness or worthlessness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (chronic oversleeping)
- Loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities
- Poor concentration
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Suicidal thoughts
Our experienced clinicians can help assess and provide accurate diagnosis. Importantly, distinguishing clinical depression from the normal range of feelings we all experience at times, especially during difficulties (stress, work loss, marital stress, etc.)
Forms of Depression
In addition to major depression, there are several other forms of depression that millions of people suffer with, including:
Persistent Depressive Disorder – Symptoms of major depression lasting for more than two years. This is a combined term for what was once known as low-grade persistent depression (dysthymia) and chronic depression.
Bipolar Disorder – Formerly known as manic depression, this condition causes sufferers to have extreme mood swings ranging from very high energy to very low, depressive episodes.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Symptoms of major depression that persist throughout the cold, dark months of the year and typically disappear with the arrival of spring. There is also a version of SAD that begins in the Spring/Summer and goes away in the Winter, although less common.
Psychotic Depression – Symptoms of major depression accompanied by psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.
Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression – Symptoms of major depression occurring weeks or months after giving birth.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – Feelings of depression prior to monthly menstruation, accompanied by mood swings, anxiety, irritability and more.
“Situational” Depression – Sometimes referred to as “stress response syndrome,” this condition typically occurs when we are overwhelmed by stressful life events, such as the death of a friend or family member, job loss or divorce.
Atypical Depression – When symptoms of major depression can be temporarily eliminated by a positive event or change.
How is Depression Treated?
The therapists at Integrated Counseling and Wellness use an evidence-based approaches to treatment of depression as well as other adjunctive approaches/treatments that support you and your family as you get help. Because people experience depression differently it is important to develop specific skills and solutions that you need to engage with life and find satisfaction, energy, and happiness again. The amount of treatment/sessions you will need will be determined by the type of depression, the severity, the length of time you have suffered etc. We will customize a treatment plan for you which may be only a few sessions or may last several months.
Having a good support group is important, but it is necessary to understand that good counseling is not just talking to a friend. You have people in your life that you can talk to, but there are limits to what a friend or family member can provide. Depression treatment combines a sense of kinship, rapport and trust, and offers a space where you receive compassionate support with science-based interventions. Instead of just processing the challenges you are facing on the surface, we will set achievable goals that address the root cause of your suffering.
We Are Here To Help You and Your Family
If you are ready to take control of your anxiety or depression, Integrated Counseling and Wellness is here to help! We are committed to helping local individuals understand and manage depression—healing is possible. With the guidance and support of a trained counselor, you can find relief from oppressive emotions and symptoms of depression and feel alive again. Please complete this form for a free 15-minute consultation or call 208 357 3104 to schedule your free consultation.