Depressive and anxiety disorders are some of the most common mood disorders. Depression is often characterized by feelings of sadness or tearfulness that is accompanied by sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, fatigue, a loss of interest and feelings of worthlessness. Anxiety often includes feelings of worry that is difficult to manage, sleep disturbances, feeling on edge, difficulty concentrating and fatigue. For some these disturbances can mean difficulty falling sleeping or sleeping more than usual, a loss or increase in appetite, a loss of interest in activities that used to be pleasurable and difficulty concentrating. Also, many experience feelings of worthlessness, shame and feeling as though they are not good enough.
Individuals can experience mild to severe symptoms that in some cases prevent the person from working or being social, but some individuals continue to work and engage in social functions. Each person’s experience with depression and/or anxiety is unique and how it can manifest in each person life can vary drastically. Depression and anxiety can emerge from a combination of factors including genetics, life stressors (adjusting to life transitions, grief and loss or medical issues), relationship issues and trauma.
My goal in working with depressive and anxiety disorders is to create an empathetic environment where clients feels safe enough to express themselves and their experience with depression and anxiety. I collaborate with clients to work at their pace and create a treatment approach that is unique to each individual’s experience. My goal is that through this process I can explore with clients the underlining issues related to their depression and help them reach a more fulfilling life.
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