Anxiety and depression are distinguished by their persistent and severe symptoms. However, experienced therapists and counselors can often help their clients reclaim their lives and manage their symptoms.
At Thriveworks Counseling in Chapel Hill, our depression therapists and anxiety therapists have worked with many clients who have depression and/or anxiety, and we have seen the benefit that treatment can bring to an individual’s life.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, please consider reaching out for help. Call our office to schedule an appointment.
What Are Anxiety and Depression?
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental illnesses. Although the two are separate mood disorders, they are often co-occurring.
The key indicator of anxiety and depression is disruption—daily functioning and daily life cannot continue as normal because of the following:
- Difficulty emotions such as hopelessness, emptiness, and/or sadness that are overwhelming and persistent.
- Lack of interest in people, activities, or hobbies that individuals formerly considered enjoyable.
- Attempted suicide or relentless thoughts of death.
- Psychosomatic pain—emotional pain that is felt physically.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If so, consider reaching out for help from an experienced mental health professional. A variety of treatment options are available, and skilled therapists and counselors may be able to help you find a treatment plan that works for you.
Depression and Anxiety: What Are the Physical Symptoms?
People are whole beings—their minds and their bodies are interconnected. What affects the mind can affect the body, and what affects the body can affect the mind. When anxiety and depression strike, their effects can reach across the mind and the body. For example, people may struggle with the following as they struggle with anxiety and/or depression:
- Distracted Attention – Depression and anxiety often make focusing extremely difficult. Negative thoughts can disrupt and distract, making daily tasks more difficult.
- Sleep Disruptions – Some people experience insomnia with their anxiety and/or depression—difficulty falling or staying asleep. Others may experience hypersomnia—wanting to sleep all the time.
- Indecisiveness – The inability to make decisions is a common side effect of depression and anxiety. People often hesitate and become stuck in situations they would have easily navigated without mental illness.
- Feeling of Fatigue – Regardless of whether people are experiencing sleep disruptions or not, they are often plagued with listlessness while battling anxiety and depression. Lack of energy is a common complaint as is slow reaction time.
- Sporadic Eating Habits – Similar to sleeping, eating habits can be disrupted by anxiety and depression. Some may eat voraciously. Others may not be able to even look at food. Some swing between the extremes.
Setting Up an Appointment for Anxiety or Depression Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Chapel Hill
Treating anxiety and depression is not about quick fixes or magic potions. Therapy is often a difficult process of finding ways to manage symptoms and seeking out healing for deeper wounds.
And yet, despite its challenge, anyone who has gone through treatment for their anxiety and depression will probably explain it was worth every amount of effort they dedicated toward healing. Often, the best approach to treatment is multi-faceted.
The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Chapel Hill want you to know that they offer therapy for anxiety and depression, and they have appointments available. If you are battling these mental illnesses, help is available.
When you contact our office, know that we accept many forms of insurance, and often offer after-hour sessions.
Let’s work together. Contact us today.