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As we sojourn through life, we may encounter occurrences that cause us significant distress. Sometimes, life’s challenges can become so overwhelming that they develop into more pervasive conditions such as anxiety and depression. Anxiety, the number one diagnosis in the country, can often present as:

  • persistent and excessive worry

  • Feeling nervous, irritable or on edge

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), sweating, and/or trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Difficulty concentrating 

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

Additionally, anxiety is often co-morbid with depression. Depression can often present as:

  • persistent “sad,” anxious, or empty mood

  • feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

  • appetite or weight changes

  • irritability or restlessness

  • trouble sleeping and concentrating

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities

  • Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts

  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

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If you notice that some of these symptoms sound familiar, you may need to consult with a licensed mental health professional to help you work through your presenting symptoms. It takes courage to be honest with yourself and take action to make change. Furthermore, It is important to take your time in choosing the appropriate therapist. The therapist that you choose to work with should make you feel comfortable and listen to your concerns without judgment. In my counseling practice, it is imperative that we cultivate a strong therapeutic alliance and deliver culturally competent, ethical, and empathic counseling services to clients who are ready to embark on the journey toward holistic healing and transformation.

You’ve taken the step toward greater self-awareness and a more fulfilling life; I hope that the journey is worth the destination.