Anxiety and depression are often referred to as “best friends.”

In other words, anxiety and depression often occur together – either simultaneously or in phases – which is why we often group them together in treatment. Additionally, anxiety and depression may be symptoms of other diagnoses and mental health-related issues, such as trauma, PTSD, and relationship functioning. Therefore, it is especially important that your therapist take the time necessary to assess your experiences and symptoms accurately.

Anxiety and depression often make simple daily tasks feel overwhelming, like a chore, or energy-draining. This can lead to feeling isolated, low, and unfulfilled. Some common symptoms of anxiety & depression are:

  • Frequent muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low mood
  • Physical & medical complaints
  • Avoidance of action steps
  • Interrupted self-care (hygiene, feeding/eating, spirituality)
  • Social isolation
  • Reduced interest in hobbies or pleasurable activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm thoughts

In therapy at New Leaf, we treat anxiety and depression with evidenced-based practices and interventions, such as Cognitive-Behavioral methods, mindfulness, and exposure-based activities. These methods have shown to be supportive, normalizing, and effective for our clients in relief of symptoms and improvement of overall quality of life. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common presenting struggles for clients, so please know that you are not alone.

We are here to help. If you live in the greater Ventura or Los Angeles County areas,
please reach out and connect with a therapist today.

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