Depression hurts. Severe depression kills. When you’re depressed, activities and people in your life that you used to enjoy don’t seem to matter anymore. You may feel isolated and think that nobody understands you and there is no way out. It is common to experience fatigue, have a hard time getting out of bed or feel you just aren’t sleeping well. Motivation is affected. Even the simple task of getting dressed may be just one more thing you don’t want to do. Over time, you may lose hope and when depression is severe you may be willing to do anything to take away the pain, including entertaining thoughts of ending your own life. In a desperate moment to relieve the pain, the only solution you may feel is to end things or drown it out with a substance.
Living with Anxiety
Anxiety can leave you feeling hopeless, fearful and full of fright. Your life is filled with stress and tension that you feel you can’t control, and you may have no idea how to find any relief. Living with high anxiety is exhausting and detrimental to your long term health. You may even realize that the things you are worried about are illogical, but can’t seem to make yourself stop thinking about them or relax and find the peace you need to move on. As stress mounts along with fear, you may experience panic attacks where you can’t breathe, your heart is racing and you find yourself sweaty. Uncontrolled anxiety can affect your friendships, your social interactions and even the ability to leave your house. Anxiety can lead to depression and substance abuse.
How do I know if I need depression and anxiety treatment?
Sometimes we may find ourselves in a frightening or heavy place, having no idea how we got there and with no idea about how to get out. All we know is that we feel awful and things just aren’t getting better. Some unhappiness is normal, but when it continues for weeks and months, it may be time to get help through depression and anxiety treatment. If you have thoughts of harming ourselves or lose hope, that is a clear sign that help is needed. If you are at the point of constantly thinking about or planning suicide, it is imperative that you go to the nearest emergency room to get the help that will save your life.
How can the ER help me with my depression or anxiety?
The emergency room will be able to connect you with a doctor and a social worker who will be able to assess you. Based on your assessment, you may be discharged with directions to immediately follow up with a therapist and perhaps prescribed medication. In more severe cases, you may be admitted into the hospital. Doctors will be able to monitor you and provide a safe environment where you can begin to learn the coping skills needed to work through depression and anxiety.
Why is depression and anxiety treatment so important?
Sometimes you may find yourself at the bottom of a ditch and it seems like the more you try to get out the deeper it gets. Even our best efforts may cause deeper ruts to hurdle. Depression and anxiety treatment can help you identify how you got into the ditch and provide the necessary tools to get you out. Depression is not permanent and you don’t have to feel backed into a corner. Anxiety can be reduced and you will learn skills necessary to take back your life.
How can the Military and Veteran Counseling Center help?
We will team up with you and become your partner in helping you climb out of a spot where you no longer want to be. We can provide the tools to help you move forward, create change and help you find happiness that is missing in your life. The Military and Veteran Counseling Center has worked with clients in psychiatric units of the hospital, addressed aftercare needs and helped clients who self-harm, are suicidal or who just feel like they’ve lost their smile. We have worked with clients with severe anxiety that has caused them to have a difficult time leaving their homes, experience panic attacks and have anxiety that leads to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We have success in addressing personal needs and providing options that can help lead you down a different pathway.
What if I’m on medication for depression or anxiety and I still don’t feel better?
Waiting for medication to work or kick in can be a very frustrating experience. You may feel like you’re barely holding on, especially when some medications can take up to six weeks to begin working. It can feel like an eternity, especially when you feel like you’re already drowning. Maybe you have been on medications for quite some time with no relief. Studies have shown that therapy is highly effective in treating depression and anxiety. Studies have also confirmed that patients who receive therapy experience more relief and results than patients treated with medications alone. They are depression-free for longer periods of time and experience fewer relapses following treatment.
Where do I go from here?
We know you feel defeated. You may feel like you haven’t quite been yourself for a long time. Don’t give up.We can help. Please contact us for a free confidential consolation with a therapist who can answer any questions you have about depression and anxiety treatment and our practice.
The experience of watching a loved one suffer from anxiety or depression can take its toll. Many civilians find they, too, could benefit from counseling. If you’re a civilian and are concerned both about your loved one and yourself, consider Civilian Counseling.