Treatment is important.
Many people experience depression or anxiousness having to do with something extraordinary that has occurred in their lives while others may experience depression or anxiety as chronic or ongoing but not necessarily related to a particular situation. Both types (episodic or chronic) can impair one’s ability to function at work, school, in one’s personal life (i.e. home care or personal hygiene) or in relationships (i.e. isolating or irritability).
I use a cognitive behavioral approach to treating anxiety and depression. Thinking and acting differently requires learning and practicing new skills. I teach strategies for changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that can bring about a shift in overall mood.
Depending on the severity of symptoms some people decide to supplement their psychotherapy treatment with medication (prescribed by a psychiatrist, medical doctor, or psychiatric nurse practitioner). Other people are on medication but find that medication alone is insufficient in providing the relief they desire. With or without medication, I help people feel better faster.