Are You Struggling With Anxiety Or Depression?
- Does the world seem cruel and ugly?
- Do you feel isolated or lonely?
- Perhaps your sleeping and eating patterns have been disrupted, which impacts your ability to feel and function well throughout the day.
- Are you struggling to concentrate or retain new information?
- Do you experience sudden panic attacks, and don’t know how to predict or control these sensations?
- Do you need a few drinks to relax, especially in social situations?
- Perhaps you feel deep feelings of shame and guilt, and have thoughts like: everyone would be better off if I wasn’t here.
- Are you struggling to enjoy people and activities like you used to?
- In general, do you have difficulty managing your mood and temper?
Living with anxiety and/or depression can be a dreadful, overwhelming, and even scary experience. These disorders often cause people to withdraw socially, self-harm, avoid responsibilities, and obsess unnecessarily over minuscule details. Social anxiety can keep you from professional success, enjoyable activities, romance, and much more.
Anxiety and depression often creep into your life gradually. Once stress and sadness set in, the negative thoughts that accompany anxiety and depression can feel impossible to shake, which limits your ability to see positive prospects for the future. Ongoing stress can act as a poison, draining your energy and straining your relationships. In men, depression often manifests as irritability, anger, and fatigue. Men with depression are more likely to drink, take drugs, and act recklessly. If left untreated, anxiety and depression can be lethal, leading to long term health issues, self-destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and more.
Mood Disorders Are Surprisingly Common
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression symptoms, you are not alone. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that each year 18 percent of American adults live with anxiety disorders, which include post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. Close to 30 percent of American adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some point during their lives. Unfortunately, only about a third of those sufferers receive any treatment.
Studies and surveys indicate that around 10 percent of adults suffer from moderate to severe depression. Depressive disorders, including episodes of major depression and persistent depressive disorder, are the leading cause of disability for Americans ages 15 – 44. If left untreated, depression can be genuinely dangerous. Our “Cowboy Culture” tells men to ignore the problem, self-medicate, and pretend that everything is fine. Depression is much like a broken leg. It isn’t a sign of weakness, and ignoring the problem won’t lead to proper healing.
About half of all people with depression experience anxiety at the same time, which can be an overwhelming combination that limits your ability to function well and be the person you wish to be. Fortunately, talk therapy is extremely effective for treating a variety of mood disorders.
Therapy Can Help You Recover And Live A Better Life
Therapy can help you cope with distress, resolve root causes of pain, and move forward into the life you want. Talking to an experienced professional who understands what you’re going through can be a powerful experience. In safe and supportive therapy sessions, you can become more comfortable sharing your story and learn strategies that allow you to make incremental, positive strides toward your goals.
Deep-seated thoughts and brain functioning cause mood disorders. It’s like a feedback loop. Your thoughts shape your brain’s wiring and chemistry and that, in turn, affects your thinking patterns. It’s easy, natural even, to get wrapped up in negative thoughts. Together, we can work to interrupt that cycle. Although there’s no simple, universal way to do this– it depends on your individual thinking and patterns—we can identify your unique triggers and habits and develop tailored coping strategies that work for you.
It takes an experienced, trained therapist to help you develop the necessary skills, resources, and insight needed to pave the way toward new possibilities. I am trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational/Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Insight-Oriented approaches. These are solid, research-supported methods that can help frame our work.
Regardless of the severity of your anxiety and/or depression, it’s possible to cultivate self-compassion and experience increased overall satisfaction. With the right guidance, you can delve deeply into your concerns and desires, heal, and be supported on your journey forward.
You may have additional questions about counseling…
Will I need to take medication?
Research indicates that the most effective therapy regimen is medication in conjunction with talk therapy. Although I don’t prescribe medications, I am happy to refer you to an excellent psychiatrist if needed. Remember that anxiety and depression can be incredibly destructive. So, I support and encourage whatever means necessary to aid your recovery and relief.
I don’t like talking about my feelings.
Although getting at the root issues are a necessary aspect of finding lasting relief, you don’t need to lie on the couch and talk about your mother. There is nothing wrong with that type of therapy, but it isn’t necessary to experience relief from symptoms. Many of the thinking patterns driving your suffering can be identified and changed relatively quickly, if you are willing to engage in the therapy process. Talk therapy is enjoyable, interesting, and effective. If you’ve never tried it, or have had a bad experience with someone else, I encourage you to contact me.
I’m worried that I’ll be in therapy for life.
Although many people enjoy the process and appreciate the results of long-term therapy, most of my clients achieve noticeable improvements within six to eight weeks. I can’t promise that therapy will be quick and easy, but I’m definitely not interested in creating an endless dependency. My goal is for you to move forward and succeed.
Get The Support You Deserve
If you’re wondering if you are anxious and/or depressed, or have additional questions about treatment, I invite you to contact me or call (303) 449-4162 to arrange a free 15-minute consultation. My office is located in Greenwood Village, CO. I’m happy to speak with you about how counseling can help you enjoy a better life.