Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety and depression are mood disorders. When someone suffers from anxiety or depression, they may feel off balance. They do not feel calm and grounded, nor do they feel like themselves. Both anxiety and depression disturb people’s daily lives, and can negatively impact their relationships, jobs, and overall health.
What are the symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions, each with its own symptoms:
- Panic disorder. You feel terror that strikes at random. You may experience panic attacks. Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
- Specific phobias. You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder. You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.
Depression includes overwhelming feelings of sadness, loneliness, emptiness, and emotional numbness. Symptoms of depression include the following:
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
- Pessimism and hopelessness
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
- Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, and numb or “empty” feelings
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
While some people may not meet the clinical definitions of anxiety or major depressive disorder, they may experience a chronic, low-grade worry or angst that undermines their everyday well-being. They may experience short depressive episodes, sense that they are not living the life they’re meant to be living, or generally not feel good about their life. Perhaps they’re feeling heavy, burdened, overwhelmed, and stressed.
Some of these statements may resonate:
There must be more to life than this.
I’m simply not excited about the life I’m living.
I’m doing just enough to get myself through the day.
I feel like I’m white-knuckling it all the time.
These feelings are valid, and worthy of getting help.
Others may find that they have physical and physiological issues causing depression symptoms. Chronic stress and immune or endocrine system issues can have major impacts on mood; it is important to not only treat the symptoms, but also identify and treat the underlying causes of these issues to reclaim a sense of well-being. Our team is here to help.
How can Four Corners help?
Anxiety and depression impacts one’s entire life – their body, mind, spirit, and relationships. Our entire team is here to support those suffering from anxiety and depression. We approach anxiety and depression from a holistic point of view, and use mindfulness tools to help clients find relief. We want our clients thriving in all areas of their life. Our team will help you work through whatever is causing you distress and help you go beyond simply dealing with the symptoms you’re experiencing now. We will help you develop effective coping skills to feel capable of dealing with whatever life throws your way.
We are happy to work alongside your MD or psychiatrist to ensure you receive all the care you need. Our team will not push medication, but we will help you make an informed decision about whether to use medication. We also often collaborate with complementary providers, such as acupuncturists and chiropractors.
If someone you know is living with anxiety or depression…
It can be sad, angering, and overwhelming to see a friend or loved one suffering with anxiety or depression, especially if you don’t know how to help. If a loved one is dealing with anxiety or depression, we encourage you to seek therapy to explore how to be a supportive presence without sacrificing your own boundaries and well-being.