Feeling anxious and depressed at times is normal. The loss of a loved one, getting terminated from a job, breakups and divorces, or other trying circumstances can invoke feelings of sadness, fear, loneliness, anxiety or fear. While these feelings can be normal reactions to life stressors when they occur on a daily basis for a long period of time they can interfere with normal, everyday functioning.
If you are suffering from anxiety: intense fear, terror, panic or dread may leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained to the point where even normal activities may be avoided or curtailed. You may experience a number of distressing or debilitating symptoms including, but not limited to, tightness in the chest, racing heart, difficulty breathing, trembling hands or limbs, racing thoughts or being in a mental fog, or feeling detached from your body. You may have obsessive thoughts and excessive worry, and self-medicate or engage in other behaviours to calm your nerves.
If you are suffering from sadness or depression: you may find it difficult to find joy, meaning and purpose in your life. You may feel alone or alienated from friends or family, or lacking in social connections. You may want to sleep for long periods of time or have great difficulty with sleep. You may overeat or have a loss of appetite. You may have difficulty concentrating or remembering things. You may go out of your way to avoid the outside world as much as possible and engage in self-medication or other behaviours to deal with the pain of living.
Too many people cope with anxiety and depression by “powering through,” withdrawing, isolating, blaming, avoiding, and using alcohol and drugs to self-medicate. You don’t have to go it alone. I can help you break free from anxiety, sadness or depression to live a happier, fuller and more meaningful life. Together, we will create a plan of care that most effectively addresses your specific needs and goals.