Specialization: Mood Disorders---Anxiety and Depression

What Feeling Face Are You Most Often?

A

IRRITABLE/GROUCHY

B

SAD/DEPRESSED

C

WORRIED/ANXIOUS

D

NO WORRIES/HAPPY

If you aren’t sure of your answer keep reading some of the common and uncommon symptoms people may experience with depression and/or anxiety.  Keep in mind that everyone’s experience is unique and varies in intensity, duration, and number of symptoms.  If your answer is A, B, or C, you may benefit from working with a mental health clinician.  I happen to know a pretty good one.  Hint: YOU ARE ON HIS SITE.

Do You Ever Feel Like....

  • Any little transgression sets you off and grouchy is your new normal.
  • You are drinking more than you normally do.
  •  You have experienced either a big weight gain or weight loss.
  •  You have been neglecting your usual self-care routine (i.e., showering, shaving, wearing clean clothes).
  •  Concentrating doesn’t come easy and making decisions is a lot more challenging.
  • You are always apologizing for things and experience a lot of guilt even when you really didn’t do anything wrong.

Feeling sad or blue is what people usually think about when wondering about depression, but the above symptoms may also be connected.  Everyone likely experiences some of what’s listed–the important factor is whether you find your work, social , or other areas of your life impacted negatively.

Now How About This... Any of These Sound Like You?

When feeling overly anxious or stressed you…….

  • Get the urge to act impulsively.
  • Find it difficult to catch your breath, and you experience tingling sensations and/or nausea. 
  • Become indecisive and you go back and forth on decisions.
  • Avoid social situations.
  •  Have a difficult time communicating, as you may speak faster than you normally do or develop speech impediments like stuttering or mumbling.
  •  Experience some or all of the following physical sensations: heart palpitations, chest pains, hyperventilating, muscle pain, dizziness, headaches, sleep issues, and stomach concerns.

When thinking about whether anxiety is a problem, the symptoms likely envisioned most are excessive worrying and experiencing the sensation of butterflies in  your stomach.  As with depression, anxiety can take many forms both psychologically and behaviorally. The list above is just a handful of the ways in which anxiety can impact you. It is important to recognize the physical symptoms that can often be attributed to anxiety, as people often mistake them for signs of something life-threatening (“My heart is racing, I must be having a heart attack!”), which only compounds their anxiety and makes them even more stressed.  

You can answer A.

It will take some work, but through individual or group sessions, we can get you back to the “No Worries” person you miss.  How?  By uncovering the cause (s) of your worries and depression, combined with learning top drawer techniques that focus on changing the way your brain processes information, developing mindfulness habits, and implementing relaxation strategies. Together we can develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and that harnesses the strengths you might have forgotten. CALL (760) 878-7102 and schedule your no cost in person 30 min consultation.