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Over 300 million people are affected annually by depression, making it one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. At ECA Psychology, LLC, I am committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to those who struggle with depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that can affect the entire body, including the brain. It can negatively alter the way you think, behave, and feel. It may be defined as persistent feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and unrest that last longer than a few weeks.
Anyone can feel sad or even depressed at times. However, depression is a more intense feeling compared to the normal feelings of sadness. Depression is a mental illness that has a wide range of symptoms which can make it difficult to manage and maintain a good quality of life. They can impact a person’s ability to function, maintain relationships, keep commitments, or complete tasks.
Symptoms vary from person to person and appear during the night and day. Common symptoms or signs of depression include:
- A feeling of ongoing sadness, anxiety, or “emptiness”
- Aches or body pain such as migraines, cramps, or digestive problems
- Changes in appetite
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling inadequate
- Inability to make decisions
- Loss of interest
- Low self-esteem
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Often depression cannot be managed or treated alone. If you or a loved one has begun to show signs or symptoms of depression, seek help.
Fortunately, depression can be treated, and you can find relief from symptoms and improve your quality of life.
At ECA Psychology, LLC, I offer individual and group therapies, behavioral therapy, medication, consultation services, and will work with you to customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Treatment can vary from therapy, lifestyle changes, stress management, prescription medication such as antidepressants, acupuncture, and other forms of therapies such as electrotherapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation. One unique treatment option for depression I offer is ketamine infusion therapy.
Anxiety disorders impact over 40 million people every year within the U.S. Though everyone may experience anxiety from time to time, anxiety disorders cause persistent stress or unease about even daily situations such as socializing with others, driving, or work. Left untreated, anxiety can significantly impact ones’ quality of life and ability to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by strong feelings of tension, worry, physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. People with anxiety disorders have constant intrusive thoughts or concerns.
Anxiety disorders come in a variety of forms from general anxiety to more specific conditions such as social anxiety or panic disorders. Anxiety develops from several compounding factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Many patients who are diagnosed with anxiety may also have co-occurring illnesses such as substance abuse, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Nervousness, restlessness, and feeling like you cannot relax
- Feelings of danger, panic, and dread
- Rapid heart rate and breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Muscle twitching or trembling
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing
- Digestive problems
- Avoidant behavior
- Obsessions about certain ideas
At ECA Psychology, LLC, I tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of the patient. I will carefully go over any symptoms you are experiencing, your medical history, and any other relevant factors such as life events and behaviors.
Common treatments for anxiety include individual or group therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and other various therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or electroconvulsive therapy.
Grief is a natural response and is described as the emotional suffering one may feel after a significant loss. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions during this time as coping with a loss can be one of life’s biggest challenges.
While grief is a personal experience and a process, mourning is how grief and loss are shown in public. Mourning can involve religious beliefs, seeing friends, preparing for a funeral and burial. During mourning, it is normal to feel numb or as though you are going through the motions. Grief and mourning happen after a person experiences a loss and together make up a time known as bereavement.
Though commonly associated with the passing of a loved one, there can be other causes of grief such as:
- Being diagnosed with serious illness
- Loss of a relationship or friendship
- Loss of financial stability
- Loss of health
Even more subtle losses in life can trigger a sense of grief such as moving away from home, retirement, graduating from college, or changing jobs.
The stages of grief
It is common to hear about the stages of grief after a loss; however, it is important to note that there is no “right” way to grieve as grief is a personal process unique to the individual circumstances. Some people may go through the stages as described, others may move back and forth between the stages, while others may not go through any of the stages.
The stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
While loss affects people differently, many experience similar symptoms while grieving including:
- Fluctuations in weight
- Muscle aches and pain
An individual process
Though grief can be described in stages, how a person grieves depends on many factors including your personality, coping skills, your life experience, your faith, and how significant the loss was to you. The process of bereavement takes time since healing happens gradually, there is no specific time for some it may take months or even years depending on the person.
Acceptance does not mean you have forgotten about your loss, but that you are learning to adjust daily with the deceased.
Remember to take care of yourself
While grieving a loss is an inevitable part of life, there are ways to help cope with the pain and come to terms with your grief.
- Accept that your grief can be triggered by a variety of experiences and emotions
- Acknowledge your loss and pain
- Seek out face-to-face support to avoid isolation
- Try to maintain your hobbies and interests
- Understand that your grieving process is unique to you
It is important to take care of yourself while you grieve as the stress of loss can deplete the physical and emotional needs that can help you through this time.
When to seek help
As time passes, it is normal for feelings of sadness, anger, or numbness to gradually ease, allowing you to accept the loss and move forward positively. Though there is no set length for grieving, if you find yourself experiencing any symptoms of grief that may be overwhelming or if you need help processing a loss, seeking treatment can help. Group therapy or one-on-one sessions can help you to overcome some difficult feelings of grief that may prevent you from moving on.
Please seek professional help if you find that you feel that:
- Blame yourself for the loss
- Feel disconnected and numb from others that last longer than a few weeks
- Have difficulty trusting or interacting with others after a loss
- Life is not worth living
- Unable to perform normal activities