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Anxiety is a subjective experience, and it can include some or all of the following: excessive worry, restlessness, inability to sleep, tiredness, irritability, feeling of constantly being on edge, and difficulty concentrating.
For some, anxiety can also be a physical experience, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, or trouble swallowing.
Any of the symptoms of anxiety can make it difficult to maintain a sustainable structure in life. It can effect our relationships, our friendships, our families, and our work.
And although some anxiety is a normal response to stress, when it starts to feel excessive or overwhelming, then therapy might be helpful.
Therapy can be very effective for reducing anxiety. It helps you stabilize your inner experience, manage the symptoms of anxiety, and understand the source of the symptoms. You’ll learn tools that are useful not only in therapy sessions, but when you’re on your own, as well.
Depression is not a normal part of being human. And it’s different from feeling down, sad, or blue for a few days. Depression is heavy, and it depletes motivation and energy for weeks, months, or longer.
The cause of depression is usually a combination of things. Genetics can play a role. Poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and other physical factors like chronic illness can contribute. Life experiences such as trauma, loss of a loved one, difficult relationships or work environments, sexual and gender identity challenges, or any other major stressor can trigger depression.
(Depression can also be the result of a hormonal imbalance, thyroid issue, or pre- or post-partum difficulties. For this reason, it’s important that you be examined by your doctor to rule these out.)
Therapy can be helpful in alleviating the distress that is experienced in depression. In severe conditions, a combination of medication and therapy can be effective in treating depression; and in milder conditions, therapy alone can be helpful.
Therapy addresses the root cause of depression, including the thinking patterns that lead to depression. Tools like Mindfulness, daily movement, and conscious eating can be very helpful in managing and reducing symptoms of depression.
Therapy has also been shown to prevent recurrence of depression. So, if depression is something you’ve experienced previously in your life, therapy can be a good “tune-up” for remaining depression-free.
Chronic pain can bring your life down. It interrupts all the normal ways you might want to function. It interferes with work, relationships, and even the basic activities of daily living, like dressing, showering, house chores, exercise, etc.
Unlike acute pain that warns us of injury or disease, chronic or persistent pain serves no adaptive purpose. Over 100,000 Americans are in chronic pain, and many are dependent on pain medication.
Chronic pain therapy can help restore normal life, and it can give the chronic pain sufferer the following:
An awareness of the most effective methods for reducing and managing chronic pain.
A reduction in the disruption of the activities of daily living.
Realistic goal-setting, including returning to work.
Increased decision-making ability based on the changes pain has wrought in daily life.
Acceptance of a degree of unavoidable chronic pain, and the ability to build a life around it without resentment.