Millions of people in this country suffer with depression, and most do so undiagnosed. Every individual's experience is different - from the signs and symptoms of depression to its causes. It follows then that the recovery process must be equally unique to each person seeking depression treatment, which is the basis of The Center's whole-person approach. As different as depression may feel from one person to the next, there is one way of describing the condition that most people have in common.
That common experience is a feeling of darkness - a heavy, hopeless oppression that blocks the light of the future. Depression is, in fact, anger turned inward. This anger drains optimism, allowing fear to set in and stealing all hope for the future. Any bright spots that bring joy are instantly crushed by feelings of guilt that make you feel as though don't deserve to feel such pleasure. Embrace your life again. Counselor’s Clinical Cottage is here to help you!
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive. While the person suffering may realize their anxiety is too much, they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder to name a few. Collectively, they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.
A doctor must conduct a careful diagnostic evaluation to determine whether a person’s symptoms are caused by an anxiety disorder or a physical problem. If an anxiety disorder is diagnosed, the type of disorder or the combination of disorders that are present must be identified, as well as any coexisting conditions, such as depression or substance abuse. Sometimes alcoholism, depression, or other coexisting conditions have such a strong effect on the individual that treating the anxiety disorder must wait until the coexisting conditions are brought under control. Let Counselor’s Clinical Cottage help you get on the right track today.