Anxiety & depression counseling from our therapists at Thriveworks in Portland, ME can help people better understand and manage their symptoms. If you are struggling with regular anxious and/or depressive thoughts and feelings that are affecting your day-to-day life or you suspect that you have an anxiety or depressive disorder, you should seek professional help. The therapists at Thriveworks can develop a treatment plan that will help you better manage your anxiety and/or depression.
Anxiety & depression counseling from our therapists in Portland involves talking to a therapist about symptoms, potential causes, and more. Your therapist will then work with you to determine where your anxiety and/or depression might stem from and teach you effective coping mechanisms.
Anxiety & depression counseling from Thriveworks Portland therapists can last for a few weeks, months ,or longer, dependent on the severity of one's anxiety as well as their needs and preferences.
Disorders like depression and anxiety are problems primarily linked to people’s emotions and feelings. Most people have felt sadness or anxiety at times and these are normal reactions to everyday events. A problem begins when these feelings are exceptionally intense and last for far longer than what is considered normal – as a result they can start to impact a person’s ability to function normally.
Unfortunately, there are no simple blood tests or physical examinations which can be used to diagnose depression and anxiety disorders. As a result, health practitioners rely on matching a patient’s subjective feelings and symptoms to a list of symptoms known for each condition.
Some of the most common indications of depression and anxiety include:
- Lack of sleep.
- Heart palpitations.
- Constant worry.
- Intense emotions.
- Unusually persistent emotions.
The Causes Of Depression And Anxiety
It is clear that depression and anxiety are linked to emotional states that are felt at particularly high levels and during extended time periods. As a result, the cause of these problems is often linked directly to particularly traumatic phases of a person’s life or to episodes of very severe stress. Events such as passing away of a loved one, divorce and losing a job are common developments that can trigger the disorders.
Whilst these links are quite clear, scientists are still not 100% certain about what happens from a physiological standpoint to a person when they develop one of the disorders. It appears that the balance of chemicals in the brain and the organ’s structures can be altered by the event, causing the emotions to persist.
The process in which depression and anxiety are treated can be very complex. Whilst there are a number of different methods – medical, lifestyle and talk-based therapy – it is often a combination of these that is the most effective path for the patient.
Talk-based therapies, such as those provided by Thriveworks Portland, are often successful at identifying and treating the root cause of the problem. Helping to manage the symptoms is typically the major focus of the treatment, yet it is the successful identification and management of the root cause which renders full remission more likely.
Asking for help is the first step on your road to recovery, so please, give us a call and arrange your first session with one of our expert counselors.