Depression

Major Depression is a mental health condition that afflicts individuals at every stage and walk of life.  Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness and hopelessness, low self-esteem or self-worth, appetite and sleep disturbances (either increased or decreased), and general loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities.  Depression can develop slowly or hit rapidly and can persist or recur over time.

Depression can have staggering effects on an individual’s life, leading to loss of work, withdrawal from family and friends, and even increased risk of suicide. Depression can also have harmful effects on an individual’s physical health as the motivation and energy for self-care diminishes.  People who suffer from depression often cope by shutting down or withdrawing from others.  They are prone to cope using drugs or alcohol and are at risk for developing addictions.  

 

Anxiety Disorders

General Anxiety Disorder:  An anxiety disorder marked by excessive worry and fear over general everyday matters including career, friendships and romantic relationships.  GAD can include physical symptoms including but not limited to: stomach distress, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and numbness in extremities.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:  OCD is a condition in which an individual experiences recurrent obsessions and/or compulsions.  Obsessions are repetitive thoughts, ideas, mental images or impulses that feel intrusive, unwanted and/or inappropriate.  Compulsions are repetitive thoughts and/or behaviors that an individual feels compelled to act on in an effort to avoid or decrease the anxiety created by obsessions.  OCD can be extremely debilitating, time-consuming, and can leave one feeling shameful and alone.  Symptoms cause a great deal of emotional distress and anxiety, often interferring with professional, social and relational functioning.

Social Anxiety:  Social Anxiety is one of the most common anxiety disorders.  This disorder involves an intense fear of social situations where the individual is afraid of embarrassing his or herself, being judged, watched or criticized by others.  The individual often isolates and avoids social situations, experiencing difficulty making and keeping friendships and romantic relationships.