Anxiety

FACT SHEET: Adult Anxiety

 

Do you often worry? Does anxiety make it difficult to enjoy life?  Is it difficult

to feel confident, feel secure and just relax? 

 

The fact is that when you have too much anxiety, it affects your ability to

think clearly and approach activities with confidence. 

 

While some anxiety is normal and healthy, too much becomes toxic. It

 erodes self-confidence and your ability to be successful in life pursuits.

 

Some Signs of Too Much Anxiety in Adults:

 

•  Regular Avoidance of Situations

•  Fearful Thinking

•  Restlessness or Feeling Keyed Up

•  Easily Fatigued / Often Tired

•  Difficulty Concentrating

•  Problem Remembering Information

•  Irritability

•  Muscle Tension

•  Sleep Disturbance (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; restless sleep)

•  Headaches, Intestinal Problems

•  Easily Feels Hurt & Criticized

 

There is reason to be concerned when anxiety negatively impacts your 

relationships, careerschool performance and peace of mind. The fact is, too

much worry gets in the way of you doing and being your best.  Fear of

making the smallest mistake, being judged and rejected has a crippling effect.  

Unreasonable fears are toxic to you and your relationships.

 

The overly anxious person will lie in bed reviewing their day.  They worry.  They

believe everyone notices their smallest flaws and mistakes.  Despite the

truth that they are as attractive, smart, talented, competent and lovable as

others, they struggle to believe it.  Fears of judgment, rejection, mistakes

or other negative outcomes overpower the truth.  As a result, fearful emotions

take over healthy thinking and actions.

 

Anxiety is meant to mobilize you to respond to situations you can solve.

But, chronic anxiety is damaging.  It erodes your ability to think clearly

and act in normal effective ways.

 

Negative thoughts like, “I don’t have anything to offer”; “People will judge me”;

“Something bad will happen”, fuels fear and insecurity.  Consequently, people

cope by using unhealthy strategies like:

 

•  Avoidance

•  Trying too hard (Overcompensation)

•  Over Thinking Things 

•  Etc.

 

While the goal is to avoid painful feeling, these strategies actually end up

making things worse.

 

The good news is that anxiety is treatable.  Yet, when not treated anxiety often

gets worse.  This can lead to other problems like:

 

•   Depression

•  Low Self-Esteem

•   High blood Pressure

•  Sleeping problems

•  Relationship problems

•  Career and Professional Success

 

Always seek a qualified mental health provider or medical doctor trained

to evaluate anxiety.  A competent mental health professional will gather

all the information necessary to determine the problem and make

treatment recommendations

 

Michael Webb & Morag Webb are qualified licensed therapists. Their offices

are located in Newport Beach, CA. They have the ability to assess your situation

and make treatment recommendations for anxiety.

 

Treatment for “anxiety” may include one or more of the following:

 

•  Individual Counseling

•  Family Counseling

•  Anxiety Support Group

•  Group Therapy

•  Medication Evaluation

•  Psychological Testing

•  Medical Visit for a Physical

 

The most important thing is to get the person suffering from anxiety feeling

better.  The fact is, a better life and better relationships is possible.  Your

life can get better!

 

DISCLAIMER: When there is a mental health concern or problem, accessing information on a website should never take the place of meeting with a mental health professional. The material in this fact sheet is information only and is not personal mental health advice. If you suspect you or another person is suffering from a mental health condition, get help by calling and meeting with a qualified mental health provider. In the event of a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.

 

Contact Webb Counseling to discuss your situation.

 

DEPRESSION

FACT SHEET: Adult Depression

 

Do you feel emotionally down most of the time?  Do your thoughts tend to be primarily negative? Is it difficult to carry out even simple tasks because you feel depressed?  The fact is depression takes away the positive feelings needed to feel motivated and focused.  While everyone feels sad sometimes, depression causes a person to feel sad almost all day, most days for an extended period of time. When people are depressed, everything feels bad and it can be difficult to imagine things ever feeling better. Women experience adult depression twice as often as men.  Often male depression goes unrecognized because men tend not to talk about their sadness.

Some common signs of Adult Depression:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities.
  • Appetite change and/or eating habits
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Sleep changes such as oversleeping or insomnia
  • Increased anger or irritability
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Reckless behavior
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Increased aches and pains such as head ache or stomach ache
  • Thoughts of suicide

 

There is reason to be concerned when a person is showing signs of adult depression. Depression is not something a person can easily overcome by simply changing their mindset. Depression is the result of stress and other factors that compromise a person’s neurological system. Depression is as much a physical disorder as diabetes or high blood pressure.  Adult depression is the result of a person’s brain not having enough of the right chemicals that affect healthy mood states.   In the same way that a person can get sick when their system is run down, a person can get adult depression when ongoing stress and upset wears them down.

When depressed, it is hard to feel good.  Things that use to provide pleasure like eating certain foods, engaging in particular activities or spending time with people, no long do when depressed.  Depressed individuals think negatively about themselves.  Some common negative thoughts are: “I’m ugly”, “No one likes me”, “I don’t have anything to offer”, “I’m stupid”, “Life will never get for me”, etc.  Depressed individuals also have a difficult time engaging in routine activities that use to be easy like: talking to friends, doing chores, going to work or school, carrying out work tasks or doing homework, returning calls, responding to texts, etc.  Often, people are depressed and don’t realize it.  This is because they have come to believe that feeling bad inside is how life is for them.

It is very important that an individual who is suffering symptoms of adult depression be evaluated as soon as possible.  Depression is not to be taken lightly. Depression tends to get worse if not treated effectively.  Research has revealed that if not treated depression can continue to increase in severity and can result in job loss.

Depression takes the joy out of life, and for some, it takes away the will to live.  This can have tragic consequences when a depressed person chooses to take their own life.  While females have a higher rate of suicide attempts, males are more successful in their suicide attempts because they use more lethal means.

Always seek a qualified mental health provider or medical doctor who is trained to assess and treat depression. A competent mental health professional will thoroughly gather the information necessary to provide helpful feedback and treatment recommendations. If an adult is diagnosed as depressed, treatment may include one or more of the following: individual therapy, family therapy, psychological testing, group therapy, additional psychological testing, medication and/or a referral to additional resources.  The most important thing is to get the depressed person the treatment they need so they can get back their life and function physically, emotionally and socially in healthy ways.

Michael Webb & Morag Webb are qualified licensed counselors.  Their offices are in Newport Beach. They are able to assess your situation and make treatment recommendations. If an individual is diagnosed with depression, the recommended treatment may include one or more of the following: individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, group therapy, medication evaluation, or a referral to an additional resource.  The most important thing is that the individual get help so they can overcome the depression that holds them back from experiencing the life they deserve. Webb Counseling would value the opportunity to be a resource to you or to a person you care about.

DISCLAIMER: When there is a mental health concern or problem, accessing information on a website should never take the place of meeting with a qualified mental health professional. The material in this fact sheet is information only and is not personal mental health advice. If you suspect you or another person is suffering from a mental health condition, get help by calling and meeting with a qualified mental health provider. In the event of a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.

 

Contact Webb Counseling to discuss your situation.

CHILD DEPRESSION

FACT SHEET: Child Depression

 

Is your child regularly sad? Is your child not his or her regular self?  The fact is children can become depressed too.   When a child is depressed it affects their ability to feel, think and behave in normal ways.  Child depression often goes unrecognized.  This is because child depression is often display differently than those of depressed adults.

Some Common Signs of Child Depression:

  • Persistent Sadness
  • Loss of enjoyment in activities that historically were pleasurable
  • Increase in activities or behaviors that produce negative outcomes
  • Increased negativity and/or angry outbursts
  • Increased complaints of physical illness such as headaches and stomachaches
  • Poor school performance and/or increased desire to avoid school
  • Low energy, persistent boredom, poor concentration
  • Significant changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Ongoing or increase in negative peer/ friendship experiences

There is reason for a parent/gaurdian to be concerned when their child’s mood and behaviors are negatively impacting relationships, school performance and other life activities. Parents of depressed children often share things like: My child has become more irritable, sullen and quiet.  My child gets easily angry.  My child has lost interest in activities that were once enjoyed and sought out.  My relationship with my child is often negative and there is little pleasure in it.  My child often cries and easily has hurt feelings.  My child reports playing alone at school and not having friends.  My child refuses to talk and isolates.  My child has expressed hating him/herself and wanting to die.  My child often says they hate me.

Children who are depressed can often find themselves increasingly getting in trouble at home and at school.  These behaviors are often not seen as the result of depression by adults.   A depressed child who is disruptive in class, not focusing on schoolwork and indifferent to consequences can be mislabeled as a bad child rather than a child who is sad.

It is important for a child who is struggling to be evaluated, assessed and to receive appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.  While everyone feels sad at times, chronic depression ends up affecting a child’s self esteem, academic success and social competence.  Depression tends to get worse if not treated effectively.  Negative moods tend to create negative behaviors that then generate negative responses from others, which perpetuates the problem.  Chronic negativity can alter brain functioning, which can have lasting consequences. Research has shown that when depressed children go untreated they have an increased risk of experiencing a lifetime of depression.

Always seek a qualified mental health provider or medical doctor who is trained to evaluate and make treatment recommendations.  A competent mental health professional will do a thorough job of gathering all the information necessary to determine what is likely causing a child’s problem.

Michael Webb & Morag Webb are qualified licensed counselors.  Their offices are located in Newport Beach, CA. They are able to assess your situation and make treatment recommendations for child depression. If a child is diagnosed with child depression, the recommended treatment may include one or more of the following: play therapy, family therapy, parenting classes, group therapy, medication evaluation, psychological testing, referral to additional resources.  The most important thing for a child who suffers from child depression is to get them feeling better so they can continue to develop physically, emotionally and socially in healthy ways.

DISCLAIMER: When there is a mental health concern or problem, accessing information on a website should never take the place of meeting with a mental health professional. The material in this fact sheet is information only and is not personal mental health advice. If you suspect you or another person is suffering from a mental health condition, get help by calling and meeting with a qualified mental health provider. In the event of a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.

Contact Webb Counseling to discuss your situation.