Anxiety & Depression
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Biology, emotions, activity, situations and thoughts are necessary to consider when treating someone experiencing anxiety or depression.
Do I have anxiety or depression? How do I know?
1. Take an online testSeveral online tests exist that you can take privately in your home. The Web Based Depression & Anxiety Test allows you to email your results to your healthcare providers. A report like this is very helpful for mental health therapists to receive. We recommend that you bring a printed copy for your first session or to notify your therapist when scheduling that you would like to email these results.2. Negative feelingsMost people experience times where they feel sad, lonely, scared, and worried during times of crisis (losing a job or filing for divorce) or trauma (losing a loved one or experiencing sexual assault). When negative feelings linger and become part of your daily life for an extended period of time while also effecting your ability to function, you may be facing an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.
What do I do if I have anxiety or depression?
Individual or group therapyAnxiety and depression is treated by a licensed mental health professional through individual sessions and group therapy sessions. Both types of therapy are beneficial, and sometimes, a therapist recommends that a client attends each type of session to further treatment goals more effectively.
Breathing exercisesYou can find many relaxation techniques online or your therapist can recommend others. We feature Progressive Relaxation Muscle Technique on our website and highly recommend that our clients try this out.
Regular exerciseExercising routinely has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression according to national studies. Getting out and moving raises endorphin levels in the body, which give sensations of joy and happiness.