Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression:

Most people during the course of their lifetime will experience some form of depression or anxiety. Sometimes it will be short lived and for others a more chronic condition, impacting on home life, school and work life.

Depression when untreated has the capacity to keep us stuck in the past with feelings of resentment, regret, shame, guilt and remorse. When anxiety is untreated and begins to rule our lives, we become consumed with fears and concerns that may significantly restrict our lives. Both anxiety and depression contribute to losing contact with the present moment and the things that you value in life.

Depression and anxiety and are the most common difficulties that bring people into treatment. Although depression may stem from a variety of factors, it tends to develop when we get preoccupied with the past. This generally takes the form of wishing the past could have been different or questioning why we acted or failed to act in certain ways.

Symptoms of Depression of include:

  • Feelings of sadness

  • Feelings of worthlessness and or excessive or inappropriate guilt

  • A general sense of hopelessness

  • Frustration and anger

  • Suicidal thoughts and or wishing one were not alive

  • Withdrawal from social activities

  • Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns

  • Lack of energy or motivation

  • Diminished interest or pleasure in most activities


Anxiety/Social Anxiety

Anxiety is often a manifestation of repressed feelings such as fear and anger and difficulty with being in the present moment. Anxiety ranges in types from social anxiety, generalised anxiety to panic attacks or full blown PTSD. Most addictions are rooted in anxiety. People often feel the need to self medicate in order to avoid or deny overwhelming emotions.

Some of the symptoms of anxiety are as follows:

  • Constant worrying and nervousness

  • Obsessive thinking and over analyzing

  • Feelings of being overwhelmed

  • Difficulty in paying attention, being present, or remembering things

  • Being constantly preoccupied about the future or the past

  • Overreacting