Anxiety and Depression



When should I seek help for anxiety?

Anxiety disorders last for a long time and may get worse over time. Our thoughts have a powerful impact on our mind and body. Some common forms of anxiety taking over are persistent worry about daily functioning, fears about being judged by others, fears of impending doom when there is no real danger, a continued stress reaction to having experienced a trauma or witnessing one, experiencing obsessive thoughts or a need to perform certain routines or an intense fear of something that poses little or no danger.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Some common symptoms of anxiety include:
• Inability to Control Worry
• Can’t Relax
• Easily Startled
• Trouble Sleeping
• Irritable
• Body Aches, Headaches, Heart Racing, Twitching
• Trouble Concentrating
• Worry a lot about what others think
• Panic Attacks
• Flashbacks
• Repeated Unwanted Thoughts or Images
• A need to Conduct the Same Ritual Over and Over
• Irrational Fear

When anxiety is impacting your life in a negative way and interfering with your ability to function as you would like on a daily basis, it is time to seek help. At Achieve Family Therapy, we offer many treatment options that are available to assist you which include individual therapy, family therapy, or group therapy.


What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Some common signs of depression include:

  • A change in work or academic performance
  • Irritability
  • Isolating
  • A change in eating habits
  • A change in sleep habits
  • A loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Loss of self-worth
  • Thoughts about dying or wishing you were dead
  • Self-harm or planning or practicing ways to end the suffering
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive feelings of guilt

These symptoms have lasted for two weeks or longer.  They also interfere significantly with major life functions like work, school or relationships.  At Achieve Family Therapy we offer a safe place to connect with another person to explore your thoughts, feelings and relationships one step at a time.  We utilize evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and we take an interpersonal approach helping you identify where your stuck points are in your relationships. We utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy to identify patterns of distress and shift to more safe and secure connections that  improve your relationships and your mood.