Do You Have Depression Or Anxiety? – Counselors and Therapists in Lowell
Navigating your way towards a diagnosis of depression or anxiety can prove to be a hard thing to achieve. One of the primary problems in this process is that there does not exist a simple blood test or physical exam that can provide you with a clear answer. Symptoms of these disorders are emotional states experienced as a part of the everyday human condition. Everyone, at some point in his or her life, has experienced sadness, worry or grief – yet, in the depressed or anxious individuals these feelings are experienced to a much greater degree and over protracted periods of time.
A doctor will guide the patient through a series of probing questions about his or her symptoms to assess whether or not he or she has depression or anxiety disorder. Common symptoms include:
- Constant worry.
- Lack of sleep.
- Heart palpitations.
- Intense emotions such as sadness and grief.
- Unusually persistent emotions.
What Are Depression And Anxiety Disorders?
Part of the problem with the diagnosis of these disorders stems from the fact that our understanding of their biological causes is incomplete. Scientists and doctors are aware of the types of events and triggers that lead to their development, but they do not fully understand what these events do to the brain to cause the onset of depression or anxiety.
Typically, the affected patients will have had a traumatic event in their past or will be going through a very stressful period at present. Abuse in childhood and death of a loved one, for example, or loss of a job and financial difficulties.
How Are Depression And Anxiety Treated?
There are a number of different treatment options for depression and anxiety; medical interventions such as anti-depressants, lifestyle interventions including exercise and, finally, talk-based therapies such as those provided by Thriveworks Lowell.
Typically, medical and lifestyle interventions help patients to manage and reduce their symptoms, yet are not designed to identify the root cause of the problem. Talk-based counseling methods, on the other hand, focus on recognizing the root cause of the disorder and aim to reduce the symptoms by directly addressing the issues surrounding the actual cause.
We therefore encourage you to reach out to us at Thriveworks Lowell to arrange your first session with one our expert counselors.