Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health Problems

Anxiety doesn’t always look the same for every person, or even for the same person from day to day, but its effects are cumbersome. The weight of anxiety can make you feel trapped, like there is nowhere for your life to go but downward, but know that treatment is both readily available and highly effective.

Do certain environments or activities make you uncomfortable? Have you ever experienced a panic attack? Are decisions and tasks that seem easy for many a source of great worry for you? There is a chance that you, just like millions of others, might be suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety disorders can form for a variety reasons, including drug addiction, childhood abuse and trauma, and people of all ages can experience the symptoms. No matter the source for your anxiety, however, know that the clinicians at CLR Group are available to help you overcome these challenging emotions.

You don’t have to struggle with anxiety on your own. Let us work with you to find relief.

ANXIETY CAN TAKE VARIOUS FORMS

We all go through periods of internal strife, of worry and frustration. For some, these periods might be temporary and seldom, but for many, it can feel like there is no end to the struggle and stress.  Anxiety is a constant fearful state, accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry in which the person may not be aware of what is creating the feeling of fear. The symptoms can be both emotional and physical.

Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors:

  • External situations (viewing the nightly news, fast paced lifestyle)
  • Physical well-being (lack of sleep, blood sugar imbalance)
  • Learning (parents who were highly anxious)
  • Trauma (situations that may be similar to experiences of the past that caused great pain)

Even just the thought of you potentially having an anxiety disorder and the decision to seek help can be causes of distress. You might be experiencing embarrassment over this issue and be second-guessing treatment, but it’s important that you recognize how great your anxiety is at manipulating you into keeping things just the way they are.

The truth is that there is something that is standing in the way of you achieving the relationships and career you want, and the professionals at Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling can help you, just as they’ve helped thousands before you, pursue a new mode of living.

WHAT ARE PANIC ATTACKS?

Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming, fearful reactions that accompany feelings of impending doom. The sufferer of a panic attack may feel like he is “going crazy” or is having a heart attack.
During a panic attack, the person feels out of control.

Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Ringing ears
  • Choking
  • Vertigo
  • Becoming homebound in fear of another attack

There is a reason we experience fear.

While most people experience fear as a negative emotion, fear has a positive component. If you find that you have turned down a one-way street and see a car heading directly at you, fear triggers an autonomic response that sends a signal to your brain to “flee” the potentially dangerous situation.

Fear becomes a problem when a person becomes afraid of things that are not real or when the feeling of fear is out of proportion to what the person is actually experiencing.

Tips for Overcoming Anxiety:

1. Change your Thoughts
Dispute negative thoughts and irrational beliefs with positive thoughts and truth. What positive thoughts about the situation are you ignoring?

2. Watch for Triggers
Try to minimize activities and input that induce anxiety.

3. Keep Moving Forward
Learn from setbacks and continue to face down your fears (take some risks). If you become afraid move your focus on the external world and others rather than the internal feelings of anxiety. Focus on the solution, not the problem.

4. Be Patient with Yourself
Remember that growth and recovery from anxiety takes time. With patience and practice you will overcome your anxiety.

DEPRESSION

Depression is a serious psychiatric disorder that afflicts millions of people. For many, depression makes getting through each day a difficult process. For others, however, it can be completely debilitating. Whether it’s mild or severe, it can significantly reduce your quality of life.

Fortunately, depression is also one of the most treatable disorders. While medication can help rebalance brain chemicals that help regulate mood, psychotherapy is generally the most effective way to attain lasting benefits.

If you’re like many individuals with depression, you tend to ruminate about your past while feeling hopeless regarding the future. This can keep you stuck in your depression. One type of therapy, known as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), specifically targets this tendency. It offers a unique approach to treating depression by helping you look ahead to a future free from depression rather than looking at the past and the things that caused your depression. This makes it quite different from many types of psychotherapy in which significant time is spent delving deep into your past in order to understand the present.

Aptly Named

As the name implies, solution focused brief therapy helps you focus on finding solutions. The solutions that you discover during therapy will improve your mood and help you develop new skills. SFBT is often used in conjunction with other types of therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment program. This helps to reduce the impact that symptoms of depression may have on your overall treatment. Although it is sometimes called “solution focused therapy”, the word “brief” is usually included in the name. This is because it’s a very short-term type of therapy, typically lasting only 12 to 16 sessions. In some cases, it may even be used for a single session.

HOW IT WORKS

When SFBT is used to treat depression, your therapist will help you set goals that will help you achieve the future that you imagine. Your therapist will begin by asking a series of questions. These questions will help you determine what is truly important to you that you’ll be motivated to work towards achieving it.

For example, your therapist may ask you, “If you start your life free of depression on Monday morning, how will things be different?” Your response to that question will help the therapist determine appropriate goals for you, as well as what matters to you enough to motivate you to be successful. Your response may be something simple, but it seems unattainable to you. If you’re like many individuals, it will be something that you’ve had or felt in the past – before your depression interfered with your ability to participate in normal everyday activities or to gain joy from your experiences.

This process will also make you realize that there are actually positive things in your life – things that you might not be aware of. You see, when you suffer from depression it’s very easy to focus on all the negative things in your life – all the things that are wrong with it. You may feel insecure and incompetent, and have little hope of ever enjoying a future free from your depression.

However, just like everyone, you have had some successes in your life even though you may not realize it right now. Solutions focused therapy will help you have those “aha” moments when you being to recognize these successes. As a result, you’ll start to gain confidence and feel even more motivated (and confident) to move forward. Once you begin to recognize the many positive things in your life, you can use them to help you attain future goals.

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