I’m depressed and anxious
You notice you’re out of dish soap. And suddenly you’re snapping at people or crying alone in your bedroom.
You’re just not happy. And you’re balancing way too many things.
Even though you want to do things that you know will make you happy or make you feel better. You just can’t seem to get yourself to do them.
When it comes time for sleep, your brain still won’t shut up about everything you didn’t do today. Or that conversation you have to have tomorrow.
When it’s not thinking about real problems in your life, it’s making up things you should worry about. Like a killer in your neighborhood who might figure out how to open your patio door. Or what you need to do if your car goes off the bridge you’re driving over.
You can’t focus on anything. No matter how important it is.
You’re starting to worry that things will never get better. You cry sometimes… or all of the time. Sometimes, you even have panic attacks.
Maybe you’ve tried medications, but you don’t want to increase your dose or add another one. Or maybe you’re trying to avoid having to take medications just to get yourself to do adulting things. Like chores, going to the doctor or dentist, or getting more movement than walking from the couch to the refrigerator.
At first you try to distract yourself.
When that doesn’t work, you shut down or check out.
Eventually, you start to think that you just don’t want to exist anymore. It’s not that you want to die or be dead. It’s just that existing feels too hard and you just don’t want to do it.
You try to focus on the positives and be grateful for what you do have, but even that isn’t enough.
Why do I mix depression symptoms and symptoms of anxiety?
I find that my clients are rarely just depressed or just anxious. You may be more anxious or more depressed. But you probably have symptoms of both.
You might flip flop between the two. I find that they often feed off each other.
Talking to people sounds like too much work, so you just don’t do it (feeling depressed). Then you worry about ending up alone (symptom of anxiety).
You overthink everything (symptom of anxiety). This is super draining so then you have absolutely no motivation (feeling depressed).
The most commonly prescribed antidepressants and anxiety medicine actually help both anxiety and depression.
Depression Symptoms/ Clinical Depression
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, for no apparent reason.
- Not being as interested in things you used to do. Not getting as much pleasure out of the activities you used to enjoy.
- Gaining or losing a lot of weight. Being a lot hungrier or not hungry at all.
- Not sleeping or oversleeping.
- Being way more active or way less active.
- Being tired all the time or feeling like you have no energy.
- Feeling worthless. Feeling guilty.
- Not being able to concentrate. Struggling to make decisions.
- Thinking it would be easier if you were dead. Thinking about killing yourself. Planning how to kill yourself. Trying to kill yourself.
What are symptoms of anxiety?
There are many types of anxiety disorders: Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and OCD. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common diagnosis for my clients:
- More days than not, you have excessive anxiety and worry, about several different things.
- It’s hard for you to stop worrying.
- Feeling restless, keyed up, or on edge.
- Easily tired.
- Mind goes blank or you have a hard time concentrating.
- Muscles are tense.
Counseling for depression and anxiety in Denver, CO can help you:
Feel less stressed and more in control of your own emotions.
Feel calm most of the time. Because nobody gets to feel calm all of the time.
Be able to sleep and get things done during the day.
Enjoy the things that used to make you happy or find new things that make you happy.
One of the most helpful things treatment for anxiety and depression in Denver, CO can do for you, especially right now, is to help you feel less alone and give you a place to vent.
Online therapy for anxiety in Colorado and online depression therapy in Colorado
Therapy for depression online is just as effective as in person counseling for depression. Online anxiety therapy is just as effective as in person anxiety therapy. CBT for anxiety and CBT for depression are the same online as in person. And we can adapt somatic therapy and sound therapy to online so they still help you feel less anxious or depressed.
Online counseling can be better than in person. Motivating yourself to go to an office can be tough when you’re depressed. There are fewer things to worry about when you don’t have to commute, see people in the waiting room, or potentially be exposed to germs. And you can be at home with your kids in case of an emergency.
As a depression therapist and anxiety therapist in Denver, CO, I get a peek into many households and into people’s innermost worlds. Through sharing what I’ve learned, you will start to realize you aren’t the only person who feels this way and you’ll get to learn ways of handling it that have worked for others.
Serving the Denver Metro Area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder, Grand Junction, Greeley, Pueblo and the entire state with online therapy in Colorado. I do not see clients at my home-based office located in Brighton, CO.