Depression And Anxiety

Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.

People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.

Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:

  • Apathy
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability

Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:

  • Talk therapy
  • Medication
  • Adopting a healthier lifestyle

The Right Path Counseling team has many approaches that clients have found useful to make life more manageable throughout times which provoke depression and anxiety.  We would gladly start out with a Diagnostic Assessment and battery of tests.  We do not mean to be intrusive, but some questions are sensitive in nature.  Please understand that we want to know you and become that expert companion that may be missing at times.  We do consider Internal Family Systems (IFS) as a strong modality of treatment when addressing anxiety and stress.  Every client's Treatment Plan is individualized; however, and the clinician will have discussion about the process and modality of treatment.  Please understand that this is a process and not an event and the Right Path Counseling team is here for your time in need.  

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