Anxiety, Depression and Stress
What is mental health? It involves many aspects of life such as your emotional, psychological, and social well-being which in turn affects how you think, feel, and act. Our mental health is connected to the way we work through stress, how we relate to others, and make personal choices. Mental health is significant at every stage of life, from childhood to adolescence and throughout adulthood. But what happens when our mental health needs help?
How do I know if I have anxiety? Do you have symptoms such as racing thoughts, seeking reassurance from others, a pit in your stomach, or shallow breathing at times? Or maybe you feel your heart fluttering from time to time or you have problems falling asleep because your brain won’t slow down so you can rest? Feelings like these aren’t the only ones you may feel, but this list gives you a good idea of the emotional and physical aspects of anxiety. Have you experienced these lately? If so, I can help.
What might I experience if I am depressed? You may feel numb, your sleep patterns may change (not enough sleep or too much sleep), or you may feel irritable or more sensitive and prone to excessive crying. You may find you are less interested in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy such as texting friends, go out with friends, exercise, or trying new local eateries. Or you could feel helpless and hopeless about your life and your future. Does this sound familiar? If so, I can help.
Trauma affects everyone differently but it is generally defined as a psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. You may feel upset about an event in your life like being an an accident or losing a close family member or friend. And trauma can follow a severely distressing event such as torture or sexual assault. Have you found your ability to handle life decisions and emotions is more difficult after a traumatic event? if so, I can help.
Stress is usually described as a feeling of being overwhelmed or worried. Life itself can be stressful with all of the responsibilities we encounter on a regular basis. Do you wonder where you will get money to pay a particular unexpected expense? Or do you feel overwhelmed with the news you see on TV and online? Maybe you are so stressed out your body feels rundown and weak. If the worry you feel in your life has become more than you can handle, I can help.
Does this sounds like what I’ve been experiencing? Know that you are not alone and I am here to help. Contact me for an initial phone consultation or to make an appointment for counseling services.