Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety patients are often left with more questions than answers. Depression and anxiety are common ailments. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), around 1 in 10 adults in the US experience one or the other of these conditions in any given year. One of the most frustrating facts about both depression and anxiety is that one’s rumination about the symptoms can increase their effect. In other words, it seems the more you think about what your condition is doing to you, the worse it seems to get. When depression and anxiety become chronic, it’s hard to know where to turn.
Depression and anxiety can often show up in combination with each other or along with other conditions. Drug or alcohol abuse can lead to or aggravate symptoms of either depression or anxiety or both. People with bipolar disorder usually experience depression as one of the two poles of the bipolar complex. In any of these cases, it’s important to take a broad approach to the multiple conditions and symptoms and to address them together. I am well-versed in addressing this wide range of experiences and will work with any other providers you may already be working with should you be interested in pursuing treatment with me.
Most importantly, you need not be alone in this process. It can be hard to reach out and get help. You might find yourself wishing that the depression and anxiety will just go away if you wait a little longer. This can be especially confusing as the symptoms can cycle through ups and downs. Let me help you find your way through this.