Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression

You only live one life and you want to enjoy it, but are you your own worst critic? Feelings of being overwhelmed, plagued by worry, unable to focus, struggling with previous disappointments and fearing uncertainty are things that all of us are faced with at some point or another. At Whole Journey, we understand the internal struggle of clients who are seeking control over their life to manage the stress and suffering of anxiety and depression.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a human experience that most will experience at some point. You may be experiencing it as a fear-based response to a trigger (known or unknown). Some experience it for a few minutes surrounding a particular situation such as waiting for traffic or taking a test. Others may experience it for longer periods of time and find it difficult to manage. If your anxiety is negatively affecting your daily life (work, home, or relationships), it may be time to seek support from an experienced counselor.

Common Challenges:

  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • Insomnia/ Sleep Disturbances/ Nightmares
  • Racing thoughts
  • Panic attacks
  • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
  • A strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety
  • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Performing certain behaviors over and over again
  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, trauma response
  • Social anxiety- fear of social situations involving other people
  • Physical symptoms: Digestive or gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, constipationdiarrhea, chest tightness, tingling, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, shaking, etc.

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Depression

Changes in your mood can be due to a variety of factors. A commonality between most mood issues is that your suffering can feel like a heavy cloud that just won’t lift. You may struggle to find the motivation to get through the difficult days. Whether it’s hormonal, biological, or situational, meeting with an experienced counselor can assist you with getting to the root of the issue.

Common Challenges:

  • Low or sad mood
  • Irritability/anger
  • Hormone changes
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance/insomnia
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling empty
  • Physical symptoms: back pain, stomach pain, chest pain

Our counselors work with clients to develop an approach that is uniquely tailored to the specific person. No one person is the same, and we know that. We can help you to spend less time focused on the negative and can enable you to move forward with more of the life you want to live.