Anxiety and Depression
It is normal to feel some degree of anxiety in certain situations, for example before a job interview, it is our body's way of warning us that we are in danger (the fight and flight mechanism). Adrenaline is released into our bodies which can have some unpleasant effects, for example rapid heart beat,dry mouth ,churning stomach.
If you are feeling anxious most of the time and when you wouldn't normally expect to then perhaps you need some help. The physical symptoms of anxiety can be quite frightening, sometimes a 'panic attack' can feel like you having a heart attack. You can learn coping strategies such as relaxation and breathing techniques to help you with this while therapy enables you to explore the origin of the anxiety and work with it.
It is normal and only to be expected that there will be times in our lives when we are feeling very sad and without joy, for example when we suffer a bereavement or if a long term relationship ends. Major changes such as having a baby, moving house and children leaving home can trigger a depressed mood. Over time our pain and sadness usually improves and we gradually start to enjoy life again, however sometimes we get stuck with these feelings and counselling can help us to move on.
If you are suffering from depression your thoughts, behaviour, relationships and body may all be affected.
It is possible that you see the future as very black, with no hope or meaning. If you are pre-occupied with thoughts of worthlessness, helplessness and self-hate you need to seek professional help for an assessment.
If you are having suicidal thoughts which may include a plan which you believe you may carry out you must seek help from your GP and tell somebody that you can trust so that they can help you.
Counselling can help you explore your past, perhaps identifying the foundations for your depression, or contributing factors. Counselling will help you cope with your current situation, challenging your negative thoughts and exploring alternative ways of thinking.
Counselling can also help with changing your behaviour to encourage an emotionally healthy lifestyle. Exercise can be an important tool to combat depression.
Most importantly do not keep how you feel a secret. One in five adults will suffer from depression in their lifetime. ASK FOR HELP!!