Anxiety

FACT SHEET: Adult Anxiety

 

Do you often worry? Do your fears make it difficult to enjoy life?  Is it difficult to feel good about work, feel secure in relationships and just relax?  The fact is that when there is too much anxiety in adults, it affects their ability to think clearly and approach activities with confidence.  While some anxiety is normal and healthy, too much anxiety in adults can become toxic eroding their self-confidence and ability to be successful in their life pursuits

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

 

When anxiety has an ongoing negative impact on a person’s relationships, work or school performance and/or peace of mind, there is reason to be concerned. When a person struggles with unhealthy levels of anxiety they’re not able to be themselves and perform up to their abilities. They are often afraid of making even a little mistake believing it will lead to judgment, rejection or some other tragedy.  The overly anxious person will lie in bed at the end of the day going through all the events finding things to feel worried about.  They often believe others are thinking negatively about them.  Though others around the anxious person may affirm their physical attractiveness, talent, competence, lovability, etc., they struggle to believe it.  The fears of judgment, rejection or other negative outcomes overpower their ability to hold onto the positive truths about who they are and past positive outcomes.

Anxiety is meant to mobilize people to respond to situations that require their attention.  When anxiety in adults is chronic, it becomes toxic, eroding their ability to think clearly and act effectively.  Negative thoughts like, “I don’t have anything to offer”; “I will just make a fool of myself”; “People will judge me”; “Something bad might happen to me”, maintain fear and insecurity. This leads to trying harder than necessary in order to feel safe, acceptable, etc.  It can also lead to the avoidance of social situations in order to manage anticipated embarrassment, rejection, tragic experience, etc.  While there is no evidence that the anticipated fear will happen, the feelings are often more powerful than sound logic.

It is important for an individual who is suffering from ongoing anxiety to be evaluated, assessed and to receive appropriate treatment.  Without treatment, anxiety tends to persist negatively affecting important relationships, work performance and joy in life. Without treatment, anxiety often gets worse.  This can lead to other mental & physical health problems.

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 the 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 anxiety related problems. If an individual is diagnosed with anxiety, the recommended treatment may include one or more of the following: individual counseling, family counseling, an anxiety support group, group therapy, medication evaluation, psychological testing, referral to additional resources. The most important thing is get the person suffering from anxiety feeling better so they can continue to engage their lives 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.

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.