Anxiety, depression and stress
People struggling with anxiety, depression and stress are not unusual.
When these struggles become so intense that one has difficulty with daily activities, help is needed. When left unattended these can often develop into a disorder and even may move into a debilitating condition. Anxiety is the most common mental condition in America and often worsens over time. Amazingly, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association, approximately 44 million adults in the United States suffer from intense anxiety.
Depression and stress are sometimes referred to as “walking buddies” with anxiety as one condition brings on one or both of the other struggles. Diagnoses fall into one of five broad categories: generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social phobia. There are many symptoms, but typically, people may feel:
- Heartbeat greatly quickening
- Sweats or chills
- Pain in chest
- Numb/tingly fingers or toes
- Unexplainable terror
- Issues breathing
Research shows that genetic and environmental factors, or an interaction of both, contribute to the development of such disorders. Specific risk factors include loneliness, trauma, shyness, mental illnesses in the family, poverty, and gender. Females are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than males.
Treatment includes different kinds of therapy, support groups, and lifestyle changes. Thankfully, Christian counseling offers help! Because Christ is well aware of anxiety and similar struggles (He sweated great drops of blood in Gethsemane), He gave us key principles in Scripture to follow. Therapy is part of Gods provision to bring stability, assurance, and peace.
We offer sessions in person in our East Cobb office, by phone or video chat. Contact us today for a free phone consultation, or if you’re ready, book a session by clicking on the “book a session” button below.
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