Problem Areas

PROBLEM AREAS

 

Below is a brief description of what is sometimes described when suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and/or Stress.  While no two people will ever experience these problems in the exact same way, it can be helpful to know that you are not alone.  Everyone suffers from some of these feelings from time to time.  Sometimes they are a part of the normal course of human experience.  Sometimes they are more than that.  Through treatment, it is possible to manage these issues effectively.  Below are some examples of what people commonly report feeling: 

DEPRESSION

“I’m kinda just always sad. Or angry.”

“I’ve stopped going to work”

“Its too hard to get to class in the morning”

“Sometimes I feel like everyone else has got it right, and I just missed something. It doesn’t matter what I do, it never works out.”

“I’m tired all the time. I will sleep all day and I’ll still be exhausted.”

“No one likes me. No one cares.”

Depression can be a mild, transient thing or it can be severely debilitating. It can be a problem all in itself, and it can also contribute to other illnesses. At its worst, it can take people’s lives. Regardless of how depression affects you, one thing is certain: you deserve to feel better.  Counseling can help you learn ways to manage problem thoughts and feelings, and can help you feel more connected with your strengths.  It can also be used in conjunction with other treatments.  Counselors, doctors, social workers, and other professionals can work collaboratively to help provide some care and relief.   See below for links to other useful information.

ANXIETY

“I lay awake thinking all night. Its like I can’t turn my brain off!.”

“I worry all the time. I’ve lost track of what I’m even worried about.”

“I feel tense, my heart races, I can’t concentrate anymore.”

"I don't like being alone, but I hate meeting new people. Its so uncomfortable"

These are some of the things people will say when anxiety has gotten the better of them. You feel stuck or trapped. You’ve got that terrible feeling like something’s wrong. You’ve tried to get rid of it, but it keeps coming back. It can feel exhausting.  

 

But here's the surprising thing:  When managed effectively, anxiety can also be a powerful and useful tool!  You can learn how to experience an uncomfortable feeling in a way that's less threatening.  There is hope.  Its all about finding the right fit!  See below for other sources of information about anxiety. 

STRESS

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to read on a therapy site.

Stress is a good thing.

At least it can be. It can motivate us to plan, organize, and perform. Good results, lead to good feelings. The more problems we tackle, the more we can be sure that we will successfully handle our next challenge. If you think for a moment about something about you that makes you feel proud, chances are you got that way because you successfully managed some obstacle or solved some problem.  Our sense of ourselves is so closely tied to our experience of stress that we struggle to define ourselves without considering our ability to handle it.  And we can experience problematic stress in so many ways.

When we fail stress can diminish our belief in ourselves. It can teach us to expect poor outcomes, and likewise, more failures. 

-We can learn to break up that kind of problem thinking.-

Even when we succeed, we might still complain about stress.  Our over-scheduled lives can leave us feeling burdened, worn-out, or exhausted.  We can feel chronic stress that is relatively constant, such as an overbearing job or household responsibilities.  We can feel acute stress such as a trauma, an attack or major unexpected change.  Terrible events are sometimes unavoidable and the suffering that results can be difficult to manage on our own.

Therapy can teach us to recognize the benefits of our stressors, and how to manage the negative effects in ways that leave us feeling more complete, and empowered to handle future problems.