Depression and Anxiety Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Bristol
Many of us experience feelings of sadness, worry, anxiety or nervousness at some point in time. Such emotions are completely normal reactions to stressful and upsetting events one might experience and, in themselves, are not considered a symptom of a depressive or anxiety disorder. It is when those sensations become more frequent and start to affect us on a day-to-day basis, disrupting our usual routines, that we might be suffering from depression or anxiety disorder – or both, for that matter.
Research suggests that 50% of depression sufferers in the US are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder – the two conditions often come hand in hand. It is, moreover, recognized that some people with a documented episode of an anxiety disorder are likely to develop depression in the later stages of their life.
Although the two conditions are in some respects similar and may occur together, ultimately they often have diverse causes, as well as different behavioral, emotional and physical manifestations. The common symptoms of these disorders include:
- Relentless feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, loss of confidence.
- Feeling apathetic, disinterested, lacking in energy.
- Anger, bad temper, higher likelihood to resort to violence.
- Physical manifestations such as changes in sleep and appetite, concentration difficulties, fatigue, more frequent aches and pains (e.g. headache, back pain, stomach problems) for no apparent reason.
- Incessant or extreme fear or worry in situations which most people consider unthreatening.
- Restlessness, difficulties with concentration, irritability.
- Physical manifestations such as heart palpitations, insomnia, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, upset stomach.
How Can Depression And Anxiety Be Diagnosed?
Formulating a correct diagnosis of mental health disorders like depression and anxiety can be a difficult procedure. These conditions can present themselves in often very diverse ways and a healthcare practitioner has to rely primarily on the information he or she can collect during a conversation with the patient. No simple laboratory examination can be used to diagnose depression and anxiety disorder – except when to rule out potential physical causes of the condition (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, arthritis).
What Treatment Options Are Out There?
There is no single, best way to manage disorders such as depression and anxiety. Many sufferers will experience different symptoms, and will, therefore, benefit from different approaches to treatment. Some may find it helpful to talk to someone – whether a professional, a relative or a friend – about their emotional troubles, whilst others might find lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, healthy diet or relaxation techniques particularly helpful. Finally, some might resort to anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs – these can relieve the symptoms, yet are not a cure and have a number of disadvantages of their own.
Talk-based therapy is very often an important element of an effective treatment of depression – it not only helps manage the symptoms, but also equips the sufferer with tools that will enable him or her to prevent future episodes of depression or anxiety. Here at Thriveworks Bristol our experienced counselors offer talk-based therapy sessions which help many of our patients overcome their mental health problems. So please, do not hesitate and get in touch with us today to arrange your introductory counseling session.