Anxiety and depression are common among Americans. More than one-tenth of American adults suffer from chronic anxiety, while about 5% report regularly dealing with the hopelessness of depression.
More than 40% of Americans have reported at least some symptoms of anxiety and depression since 2020. Worse, about 12% of people say their mental health needs are unmet, leaving them struggling with emotional and physical symptoms that can take a significant toll on their lives.
At Psychology Beverly Hills, the team of clinicians offer compassionate, client-centered, individualized treatment plans for people struggling from anxiety, depression, or both.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression often occur together, but they can occur separately, too. Knowing the symptoms can help you determine when it’s time to seek care.
There are different types of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, often triggered in interpersonal contexts, or generalized anxiety that can sometimes feel like it occurs for no apparent reason. Common anxiety symptoms include:
- Intrusive worries or anxious thoughts
- Feelings of impending danger
- Feelings of restlessness or nervousness
- Worry that’s out of proportion to what’s actually happening
- Feelings of fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Rapid breathing or heart palpitations (especially with panic attacks)
Depressed mood may also manifest differently depending on the context and person affected. Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- A lack of interest in normally enjoyable activities
- Problems focusing
- Fatigue and low levels of energy
- Sleep changes
- Moodiness or mood changes
- Changes in appetite
- Feelings of self-loathing or worthlessness
- Headaches or other aches and pains
- Social withdrawal/little interest in socializing.
When it’s time to seek help
Any time you’re dealing with symptoms of anxiety or depression, you may consider seeking professional help. Sometimes, feelings of anxiety or depression may be mild, especially when someone is dealing with a temporary situation or life event that has triggered these feelings. In this context, seeking professional help can be a source of support to help you successfully navigate a stressful life event or transition. Seeking professional support can also help prevent mild or temporary symptoms from escalating to more intense, longer term problems or disorders.
In other contexts, when anxiety and depression have persisted and are no longer mild or temporary, seeking treatment is certainly more strongly recommended. Some ways to determine when anxiety or depressed mood are more persistent and require treatment include the following considerations:
- Symptoms have lasted for several weeks or months
- Symptoms are interfering with your life routines or relationships
- Your feelings and thoughts are intrusive or hard to control
- You’re unable to concentrate
- You’re having trouble sleeping
With professional treatment, you’ll develop skills that will help you manage current symptoms and provide you with tools to prevent future symptoms from spiraling out of control.
Psychology Beverly Hills offers a variety of evidence based treatment options so that we can tailor your treatment plan to best meet your needs. Example of treatment options include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to “unlearn” unhealthy thought patterns
- Exposure therapy to help you manage anxiety
- Somatic therapy to strengthen your mind-body connection
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy to help you gain insight and control
- Mentalization-based therapy to identify and regulate emotional triggers
In addition to relieving symptoms, treatment can significantly improve your relationships at home, at work or school, and in social settings.
Be kind to yourself
When you suffer from anxiety and depression, you can easily experience feelings of guilt, shame, or weakness. You may even feel angry with yourself and be self-critical.
Friends and family members often give “advice,” like “Be thankful for what you have,” “Just focus on the positive,” or “I don’t know why you’re upset — your life is great.” Although they are well-intentioned, these types of comments can sometimes make you feel even worse.
In reality, anxiety and depression may have deep roots. For example, people with these disorders may have underlying trauma or have internalized “learned behaviors” that require professional help to be able to overcome their difficulties.
Reaching out for support is the first step toward feeling better. Our team at Psychology Beverly Hills is here to help. You are welcome to contact us with any questions or consultation needs by calling 424-331-1570 or book an appointment online at our Beverly Hills, California, office, and learn how we can help.