An Experience with Anxiety and Depression…

When I was anxious and depressed, my whole world narrowed down. It was as if I was wearing blinders and I could see only the negative in life. I could sit on the couch and notice that the house needed cleaning but I couldn’t find the strength or will to get up and do it. I was also worrying constantly and feeling restless and tense.  Needless to say, my anxiety and depression had a powerful impact on my relationship and my family.

While I was reluctant to do so, getting into therapy was the right decision. I needed someone to give me objective feedback about myself and support for my efforts to get better. I learned different ways of thinking about myself and was able to see how my negative thinking held me back.

Getting better is a process. Through my counseling I learned that I am worth it. I just had to start somewhere. If you’re dealing with anxiety or depression I hope you’ll take some encouragement from me and know that life can get better. It finally feels as if  I am getting my life back. I feel as if I’m a stronger person now than I was before I started therapy. — “Katherine”

Some of the symptoms of clinical depression include (source: NIMH):

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

Some of the symptoms anxiety include (source: NIMH):

  • Persistent worrying or obsessions
  • Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”

Physical signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches
  • Trembling, feeling twitchy
  • Being easily startled
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches

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