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Mental Health Service

Depression & Anxiety Counseling

  • Are you searching for a therapist that understands depression?
  • Are you feeling anxious with seemingly no direct cause?
  • Our highly reviewed professionals provide services to help you find the true you.

 

The NIMH lists depression as one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. If we look at the statistics, they’re quite sobering. Around 17 million adults will suffer at least one episode in their lifetimes.

What’s more worrying, though, is that in 64% of cases, those episodes are debilitating and severely impair normal functions.

It also seems that age is not a factor. 3.2 million adolescents aged between 12 and 17 have episodes. In 71% of cases, these episodes are debilitating. 

What the statistics also show is that only 65% of adults and 39.9% of adolescents seek any form of treatment.

Anxiety is another issue. Around 31.9% of adolescents and 31.1% of adults are likely to suffer from an anxiety disorder.

What that translates to in real terms is that around 3 out of 10 people you know in Jackson MS are likely to feel anxious. Another 1 out of 10 people is expected to be suffering from depression.

What’s the Big Deal About the Statistics?

We’ve shared them here to let you know that depression and anxiety are common disorders. If you feel as though you’re battling either, or both, you’re not alone. We also want you to know that it’s alright to seek assistance.

There’s still something of a stigma around these disorders. Considering how widespread they are, this is unfair. In this post, we’re going to let you know more about both disorders. We’re hoping that this will help lift the stigma and encourage more people to seek help.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel and how you interact with the world. The symptoms can range from feeling slightly down to considering suicide. As a result, this is not a disorder that should be ignored.

What Symptoms Might You Experience?

This depends on the individual and the type of depression. What sets depression apart, though, is that you must have been exhibiting signs for at least a couple of weeks.

Here’s what to look out for:

  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness, or being unable to cope
  • Loss of interest in things that previously meant a lot to you
  • Less energy
  • Irritability or anger
  • A feeling that you’re helpless or worthless
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Problems making decisions and focusing
  • Disturbed sleep or wanting to sleep too much
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Physical aches and pains not related to illness

What Is Anxiety?

This is where your body reacts to a situation that is unfamiliar or possibly dangerous. Danger, in this case, doesn’t have to mean physical danger. It could also be due to the fear of losing your job or falling behind on a project.

Some anxiety is normal and even necessary. It prods us to take action. When the perceived danger passes, we can get on with our lives.

An anxiety disorder is different. In this case, the anxiety doesn’t go away and may even worsen. Anxiety becomes an issue where there is no clear, rational cause, and where it stops you from living a healthy life.

It can take many forms, so getting treatment as soon as possible is always the first step on the road to recovery.

What Symptoms Might You Experience?

Again, this is a difficult one to define because anxiety affects each person differently. The anxiety can result in physical disorders or merely affect your emotional state.

Here is what to look out for:

  • Feelings of dread for no good reason
  • Panic and unease in various situations
  • Obsessively mulling over thoughts
  • Ritualistic behavior
  • Difficulty maintaining focus
  • Irritability
  • Being unable to relax
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Digestive upsets
  • Palpitations
  • Excessive sweating for no apparent reason

Are Anxiety and Depression Linked?

Research shows that many people with one form of the disorder will also suffer from the other. This is especially true in cases where a chemical imbalance causes a disorder in the brain.

It’s essential to get treatment because both disorders exacerbate the symptoms of the other.

How to Cope

There are medications that can help manage both conditions. It’s essential, however, to take a more holistic approach in your treatment. You need to be able to identify the triggers and avoid them. And you need to learn how to cope. 

While medication can play a pivotal role, it’s a lot more effective combined with counseling and lifestyle changes. You have to deal with the root cause of the symptoms.

There are several ways to do this:

  • Make an appointment with Mississippi Counseling Associates in Jackson, MS, and be evaluated. We’ll help you come up with a holistic treatment plan. 
  • Sign up with a support group
  • Get in some exercise every day
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Speak to someone you trust
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Learn coping skills

If the Medication Doesn’t Seem to Help

The medication needs to be taken for around four to six weeks for you to start feeling a real difference. It’s crucial to ensure that you take it as directed and give it a chance to work.

That said, medication affects everyone differently. If you feel that yours isn’t working for you, speak to your doctor or counselor. Never stop taking the meds without a consultation with your doctor.

Medication may also help to alleviate the symptoms, but it will not always address the root cause. If your depression is as a result of a chemical imbalance, you’ll feel better fast with the meds. If not, you’ll need therapy in addition to the meds.

Therapy is about a lot more than just discussing your problems. Your therapist is an objective listener. It’s great being able to talk to someone completely removed from the situation. They’re there specifically to help you and give you advice without judgment.

They’ll also teach you how to identify potential triggers and how to cope better in stressful situations.

Is Therapy Essential?

If the root causes are never dealt with, you’ll need to stay on medication for the rest of your life. This is not ideal considering the side effects that some of these medications have.

Therapy can help you work through the issues that caused the anxiety or depression in the first place. That makes it an essential part of your recovery. It can help speed up your recovery and teach you skills to help you cope better with stressors.

Give us a call today and come in for a consultation. That way, you can see the benefits first-hand.