Do you sometimes feel as if a rainy day is following you around, or that you just can’t enjoy or find pleasure in life no matter how much you want to? Most everyone experiences feelings of depression at one time or another. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that “about 20.9 million adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older have a mood disorder.”
Most people experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, or numbness following a loss or major disappointment, trouble in relationships, or even when the weather is gloomy. Our moods tend to naturally follow the flow of day-to-day experiences. These depressed or anxious feelings often pass in a few hours or days and depending on the intensity of the loss, they may become quite intense and uncomfortable. When depressed feelings persist however, and interfere with one’s career, health, family life, or social well being, it may be time to seek professional help to move past the difficulty and get back on track.
People who suffer from Mood Disorder may isolate themselves from others, self-medicate with drugs and/or alcohol, become unable to focus on important tasks and are often unable to regulate emotion.
Anxiety is the way a normal human body reacts to stress. Anxiety propels us along life’s path. It drives us to set and then complete goals, it helps us deal with tense situations and protect ourselves from harm. In general it helps us cope and keeps us moving forward. However, anxiety in excess may become harmful to our psychological and physical wellbeing. When anxiety becomes excessive or irrational, it may be troubling, frustrating, painful, and may have the potential to become a disabling disorder. Anxiety is connected to PTSD, panic attacks, OCD, hypertension, and many other behavioral health issues. All of these conditions are treatable through professional counseling.
There are several ways to treat Anxiety Disorder. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), solution focused counseling, and hypnotherapy are all quite effective in decreasing the symptoms of anxiety disorder. Through continued counseling one may find the origins of the debilitating anxiety and permanently resolve them.