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Depression and Anxiety





*Depression is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood often accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.  
*Depression can be situational and short term sadness, lack of energy, and lack of motivation. 
*Depression can be chronic, long-term sadness often accompanied by lack of hope. 
*Depression can run in families, can co-occur with other mental health issues. Physical illnesses such as a physical disability; lupus; cardiovascular disease,fibromyalgia,  are just a sampling of co-occuring physical illnesses. Addictions, more often than not, also include depression.   
*Some individuals  respond well to therapy for depression while others respond well with therapy and medications. 
No matter what the cause or the co-occuring disorders, any individual with depression should consult a therapist and their physician. 
** Depression can be treated successfully and all therapists at Paririe Winds are fully trained to work with individuals with depression. 

Also called Angst or Worry  is a generalized mood condition that can occur without an identifiable triggering stimulas.  Anxiety often is called a future oriented mood state where the person suffering from anxiety is trying to cope with future negative events.  Physical symptoms include heart palpitations, muscle weakness and tension, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches,  and headaches.  Some external signs may include sweating, trembling, dilated pupils, loss of color in the skin tone. 
Individuals with anxiety may feel dread, tense, jumpy, restless, and irritable. They may suffer from nightmares and obsessions.  Thoughts of everything being dangerous, a fear of dying, and other thoughts that are obsessive. 
In some cases, individuals may have panic attacks, which seemingly come out of nowhere and are extremely intense. 
Anxiety can also have co-occuring physical disorders and your therapist will work closely with your physician. 
Anxiety can be treated with therapy, medications, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing).



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