You do not have to go through life feeling lonely and misunderstood...

There is help for depression and anxiety!  Here are some symptoms of both:

Depression: When you are depressed, it often feels as if you are under a dark shadow and might never come out. However, depression is a treatable condition. The right therapy can help you understand the dynamics of your depressive syndrome, and learn concrete strategies and skills to get short-term relief and long-term freedom.

Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Depressed mood most of the day
  • Diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities
  • Significant unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you may have Depression.  Depression is a serious, yet treatable disorder.  With the right treatment, you can get the help and relief you need!

Anxiety:  If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder:

  • Are you tense, worried, or on edgey?
  • Does your anxiety interfere with your responsibilities or functioning?
  • Are you overwhelmed by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake?
  • Do you avoid everyday situations or activities (such as driving or being social) because they cause you anxiety?
  • Do you experience a sudden heart-pounding feeling?
  • Do you think a lot about the future and hear “what-ifs” in your head?

There is help for anxiety!  Tools such as breathing, relaxation training and identifying your Automatic Negative Thoughts are useful in dialing down your anxious feelings.

Bipolar Disorder:  Many people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder feel out-of-control or hopeless. Bipolar Disorder is characterized by cycling episodes of mania and depression. The right therapy can help you understand, accept and manage your mood shifts so that you can live a life more consistent with your goals.

Manic symptoms of Bipolar Disorder include:

  • Increased self-esteem or grandiosity
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
  • Flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing
  • Distractibility
  • Increase in goal-directed activity
  • Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences
  • Depressive symptoms of Bipolar Disorder same as Depression above

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: People with OCD feel the need to check things or perform certain routines or rituals over and over. Obsessions are the frequent upsetting thoughts and compulsions are the repetitive behaviors used in an attempt to control them. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life.

Hoarding, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, skin-picking and hair-pulling are all OCD behaviors.
Common obsessions including:

  • Fear of contamination
  • Fear of safety
  • Doubting one’s perception or memory
  • Scrupulosity (need to do the right thing, fear of committing a transgression, often religious)
  • Need for order or symmetry
  • Unwanted, intrusive sexual/aggressive thoughts

Common compulsions including:

  • Cleaning/washing
  • Checking (locks, stove, iron, safety)
  • Counting/repeating actions in a certain number of times until it “feels right”
  • Arranging objects
  • Touching/tapping objects
  • Confessing/seeking reassurance
  • List-making

 If you or your loved one are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you are not alone!

Our team of highly trained therapists are qualified to help you sort out your feelings, uncover your triggers, and help you gain tools necessary to improve the quality of your life.