Anxiety is estimated to affect 18% of the population or 42 million people (NAMI). Those who are challenged by anxiety can experience a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to tension, jitters, sweating, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, and feeling as if you are "going crazy." Anxiety can begin in early childhood and if not managed can continue into adulthood and often times increases in severity. Psychotherapy can offer aid in reducing anxiety not only through the use of anxiety reducing coping skills but also through identifying and processing anxiety triggers.
of motivation, no longer wanting to engage in activities that one previously enjoyed, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, feeling of worthlessness, and thoughts of self harm. Feelings of depression can be greatly reduced through CBT and other applied forms of psychotherapy.
Research has shown that the most effective treatment for both anxiety and depression is a combination of both psychotherapy and medication, not simply medication alone. Although, medication can be greatly beneficial for immediate and short-term relief of symptoms, it has not found to keep sustained reduction of symptoms on a long-term basis. Therefore, those who are seeking more of a long-term reduction of symptoms are encouraged to utilize psychotherapy. This process takes commitment and clients often feel various ups and downs while they work to manage and reduce symptoms.
Depression has become one of the most common mental illnesses. Like anxiety, depression can present in a variety of symptoms and can feel different for each person. Some of the most common symptoms include changes in sleeping patterns, lack