Anxiety & Depression
SADNESS ∙ FEAR ∙ PROFOUND DISTRESS
HELP IS AVAILABLE: Long Island Depression Therapy treats both anxiety and depression. These are among the most common reasons people seek help from mental health treatment or psychotherapy. This is because both anxiety and depression cause a host of painful symptoms, many of which have entered the mainstream, either through the media, through politics, or through the growing number of laws dedicated to improving accessibility to mental health care. Certainly, anxiety and depression can no longer be said to carry the same shameful stigmas that they used to. And, both are highly amenable to therapy..
What is anxiety? A person who suffers from anxiety has a constant anticipation that something bad will happen. Anxiety, therefore, creates profound distress which is usually not amenable to attempts at self-regulation or self-soothing. When anxiety becomes more severe, it can lead to anxiety attacks or more severe forms of anxiety disorders called panic attacks in which a person suffers palpitations, sweating, phobias, and a real and terrifying fear of dying. Many things can trigger the kind of anxiousness that requires therapy, including trauma, abuse and other serious medical conditions.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Depression is another of the most widely cited reasons for seeking therapy. What is depression? Some signs or symptoms of depression are persistent sadness, low self-esteem, poor appetite or overeating, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and feelings of hopelessness. It can lead to isolation, social conflict, substance abuse and physical distress. Depression, even severe depression, can be triggered by a major life event such as loss or injury or the birth of a child, or by a more subtle shift in circumstances such as the recall of a previously repressed, painful memory.
OTHER PROBLEMS: Both anxiety and depression can also be the source of additional problems, such as uncontrollable anger, self-mutilating or other self-destructive behaviors, as well as a sense of profound loneliness. Tragically, anxious or depressed individuals sometimes hold onto a false belief that their longings for comfort are stupid or childish.
TREATMENT HELPS: A Long Island depression therapist can help. Anxiety and depression are highly amenable to therapy. This means that, in most cases, you can expect to resolve much of your pain and your symptoms of anxiety and depression with professional, sensitive treatment. Since good therapy begins by providing compassionate human understanding, therapy can alleviate the loneliness and terror that often makes these two disorders so painful. Severe forms of either disorder may also require medication, in addition to the support from a sensitive professional.