Lancaster, PA Therapy for Anxiety and Depression—Counselors
When people struggle with anxiety, they may have thoughts like…
“A little voice inside my head knows everything I fear and everywhere I feel insecure. Ok, so, it’s not a little voice. It’s sometimes the only voice I can hear.”
“I feel nervous all the time. Why? I have no idea. Sometimes I can pinpoint a reason, but most of the time, I carry that feeling with me for no apparent reasons. My friends do not get what it is like to have that weigh on you all the time.”
“I lied. A friend texted and wanted to go out. I said I was busy. I wasn’t. Unless breathing counts. Then, yes, I was busy.”
Can you relate? If you have ever struggled with anxiety, you probably can. They are a small peek into what it is like to fight anxiety. Author Jodi Picoult gives her own illustration:
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair.
It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
Anxiety disorder at the most frequently occurring mental illness in the US, and as many as 40 million people each year will be diagnosed with one. Up to half of those who struggle with anxiety will also be diagnosed with depression as well. Although the two illnesses are separate, anxiety and depression often accompany one another. They are not the normal blues or jitters that all people experience in their lives—feelings that come and go. Instead, the severity and longevity of anxiety and depression’s symptoms disrupt people’s ability to function in their daily personal and professional lives. But many people are fighting anxiety and depression—they are reclaiming their lives, and they are working with a mental health professional to do it.
The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Lancaster have worked with many clients who are fighting anxiety and/or depression. We have joined their fight and helped them find the personalized care they needed to recover.
Anxiety and Depression: Symptoms
When people suffer from serious physical illnesses, like cancer or diabetes, their mind is often under attack as well. The same dynamic is true for mental illness. People’s body and their minds are interconnected. When mental illnesses strike, like anxiety and depression, their symptoms often include both emotional and physical elements. For example, common symptoms of anxiety and depression include…
- Disrupted Appetite – Anxiety and depression can cause changes in people’s appetite. Sometimes, people want to eat all the time, and accordingly they gain weight. Sometimes, people cannot handle the sight of food, and accordingly they lose weight.
- Irregular Sleep Patterns – People also frequently experience disruptions in their sleep patterns when they are fighting depression and anxiety. They may experience hypersomnia—the desire to sleep all the time. They may experience insomnia—an inability to sleep.
- Lethargy – Fighting any illness can be a draining experience, and anxiety and depression can deplete people’s energy. Sometimes, the fatigue is connected to insomnia, but it is not necessarily so.
- Difficulty Focusing – Anxiety and depression can bombard people’s minds with negativity and make focusing difficult. People often have difficulty thinking clearly and accomplishing personal and professional tasks.
- Indecisiveness – Many people who struggle with anxiety and depression also struggle to make definitive decisions. Even seeming small choices can leave people feeling overwhelmed and stuck.
More than the Blues or Nervousness
“Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though.”
– Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
As many as 1 in 4 adults will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 1 in 6 will be diagnosed with a depressive disorder in the United States. They are widespread, and yet, they are also misunderstood. People who suffer from these mental illnesses know. They may receive advice that minimizes or underestimates their experiences. Their loved ones may treat their anxiety or depression as a the occasional blues or nervousness that all people experience. But anxiety and depression have symptoms that are severe and long-lasting. They are not phases that come and go, and they often require intervention from a therapist or counselor. Anxiety and depression keep people from maintaining their normal personal or professional lives. When people experience anxiety or depression, they may experience…
- Apathy toward activities and relationships they used to enjoy.
- Difficult emotions like worthlessness, sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness.
- Psychosomatic pain—emotional pain that manifests as physical ailments.
- Suicidal thoughts.
Counseling at Thriveworks Lancaster, PA for Depression and Anxiety
The treatment options for anxiety and depression are not magic formulas or silver bullets. They often take time and commitment to therapy. And yet, there are options available—effective options. Most treatment plans will take a multi-faceted approach that combines medication with a talk-based therapy. Pharmacological treatments, such as serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), may reduce people’s symptoms. One example of a talk-based therapy that is used to treat anxiety and depression is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). During CBT, therapists can help clients find negative experiences and beliefs that could be causing the illness and apply deep healing.
If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional about the symptoms you are experiencing, know that Thriveworks Lancaster is ready for your call. When you dial our number, a person will answer and help you schedule an appointment. New clients often have their first session within 24 hours of their call. We also accept many forms of insurance. Call Thriveworks Lancaster today.