Anxiety and depression help

Everyone feels down now and then – for example, with the loss of a loved one. But how do you know the difference between low mood and depression? Here are some common warning signs to watch for:

Depression symptoms

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness most of the day

  • Volatile outbursts

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

  • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness (hypersomnia) nearly every day

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Asking yourself questions such as ‘why do I even bother?’

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety can present itself in a variety of ways:

  • Phobias - fear of something specific

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: a feeling of being anxious on most days and worrying over many things

  • Social anxiety - fear of social situations

  • Anxiety can even manifest in obsessions (intrusive, repetitive thoughts) and compulsions (continuous behaviours)

  • The avoidance of the triggers that bring about the fears can actually make the anxiety seem insurmountable

Depression and Anxiety often go hand in hand. Anxiety is the anticipation of future threat and results in avoidance behaviours. Panic attacks can be frightening, disorienting and isolating.

Often, depression and / or anxiety can take over a life, leaving the person feeling helpless and spinning out of control.  We can help by providing you a safe, judgement free, therapeutic space in which you can identify the triggers; learn and apply coping strategies that decrease the negative effects of depression and anxiety; regain trust in yourself by helping you identify and tap into your unique strengths and abilities; and lastly support you in identifying and achieving your future goals.