Depression and Anxiety
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Depression and Anxiety
Anxiety and depression are among the two most common mental health disorders adults experience. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that approximately 19.1% of adults will have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year and 7.1% of adults experiencing a major depressive episode in the past year. While these disorders are amongst the most common, each person’s experience of them differs. Some people with anxiety may find themselves having difficulty concentrating, falling asleep, or even experience panic attacks. For depression, individuals may find it hard to enjoy things that bring them joy, experience weight loss or weight gain, feel irritable, or even have thoughts of suicide.
From increased situational stress to grief and loss, these disorders have a variety of causes. While it is normal to experience small amounts of anxiety or decreased mood, once it becomes persistent and difficult to manage work, school, or relationships, professional help may be needed. Anxiety and depression can also persist when factors outside of your control add additional stress in your life, whether it is job-related, a chemical imbalance in your brain, or even a string of bad luck. Furthermore, different habits that we pick up growing up may make it more difficult to overcome these problems. Some may turn to drugs or alcohol to help town down the feelings of anxiety, while others might exercise or practice meditation. Learning different and more effective ways of coping with feelings of anxiety or depression can be a useful way of addressing these concerns while addressing their specific causes.
At the Love Discovery Institute, we offer flexible ways of addressing these concerns, tailored to your specific needs. Some concerns are addressed with cognitive behavioral therapy, which means we challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors and adopt new ways of managing our feelings. Other therapies use systemic or insight approaches which explore early defenses, family dynamics, or relational patterns which can sometimes cause us distress. Once we gain a better understanding of these dynamics, we can create a richer understanding of the reasons why we may suffer. Depending on your desire to manage anxiety or depression at either the symptom level or explore a deeper process, we are committed to helping you gain clarity and healthier ways of managing your distress.