Counseling and Covid-19

The current Covid-19 pandemic is unlike anything else; creating unprecedented anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and other mental health issues many have never experienced. Speaking with a trained professional can alleviate stress and worry, create positive thinking and mindsets, and create a cathartic and releasing experience. Here are some types of counseling to consider.

Counseling and Covid-19

GRIEF COUNSELING

Don’t be put off by the name—grief counseling is a versatile option. Grief is defined as any distress caused by loss or bereavement. Students lost their spring semester and seniors lost many final rituals; parents may have lost jobs; people, generally, have experienced a loss of life as they knew it. Some may have even lost a relative or friend to the pandemic. Grief counseling serves to explore the feelings of loss and process them healthily. Whether it serves to address losing graduation and prom, or a loved one, people have rightfully experienced significant loss in the last few months.

FAMILY COUNSELING

Stay-at-home orders across the country are forcing many families to spend long hours with each other that would otherwise be dedicated to school and work. Tensions are rising, siblings are bickering, and parents are unable to keep the peace. Family counselors aim to work out specific conflicts within a household by creating a treatment plan that involves each family member. With dedicated sessions to addressing personal conflicts within familial relationships, family counseling can rebalance the home and relieve strain.

PERSONAL COUNSELING

You might be thinking that your problem isn’t worth speaking to a counselor about—there are other, bigger issues going on. That statement couldn’t be more wrong; mental health is neither a competition nor an endurance test. Therapists and counselors are there to listen to whatever your stresses may be—and help you through them. Personal counseling can lead to better management of stress, an improved sense of self, and a release of pent-up emotions. Though speaking to friends can often create a feeling of shared experiences, speaking to a trained professional will help you mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Counseling services can be utilized no matter the circumstance you’re facing. With our telehealth visits, mental health treatment is more accessible than ever. For more help and resources, contact us today to get started.

3 Signs You Might Be Experiencing Depression

We all go through periods of sadness, but that’s not the same thing as experiencing depression. Depression is a serious mental health disorder that can start severely disrupting your life if left untreated. Sadness can be and is often a symptom of depression, but here are some other signs to watch out for:

3 Signs You Might Be Experiencing Depression

Loss of interest

Pay attention if you find yourself losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy. For example, maybe you’re an avid runner, but lately you’ve noticed that going out for a jog doesn’t give you the same positive feeling that it used to and you just don’t feel like running. This isn’t something you want to ignore. Loss of interest in pleasurable activities can be a symptom of a depressive disorder, so make sure you tell your doctor or mental health provider about these feelings.

Chronic fatigue

Of course, people feel tired for all sorts of different reasons, and exhaustion on its own doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re depressed. However, if you find that there’s been a significant decrease in your energy levels lately, especially if it’s accompanied by feelings of sadness, loss of interest in life, or other feelings like irritability, it may mean that you’re facing depression. Your doctor can examine you to rule out other possible causes for the chronic fatigue.

Worthlessness or hopelessness

If you’re having thoughts like: “Nothing will ever get better,” “I’m no good at anything,” or “I’m useless,” this might be a sign that you’re experiencing symptoms of depression. Nobody feels great about themselves all the time, but depression causes us to think even more negatively of ourselves and get stuck in a loop of critical self-talk. If these thoughts become so intense that you find yourself feeling suicidal or wishing you were dead, please contact emergency services.

Pandora’s House Psychiatry is committed to providing compassionate psychiatric care to the Collin County community. If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today to set up an appointment.

Physical, Mental & Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a necessary part of living, as it creates a sense of urgency to do things that need doing. Without worry or anxiety, we would do nothing. Anxiety, however, becomes a problem when it interferes with what we need and want to do. It also manifests in physical, mental, and emotional forms.  There are many different symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Physical, Mental & Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Physical Anxiety Symptoms

Physical anxiety symptoms are widely varied and differ for each person, but most of them are consistent enough to identify as unhealthy anxiety when considered together.

Typical physical anxiety symptoms include:

  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Cold Sweats
  • Shaky Hands
  • Internal Shaking
  • Dry Mouth
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Loss of Appetite

If you experience several or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, or in specific situations, it’s likely that you are dealing with high levels of anxiety. In regard to specific situations, some people experience only one or two symptoms of anxiety in crowds, elevators, or even while being a passenger in a vehicle.

Mental & Emotional Anxiety Symptoms

Mental and emotional anxiety is more complicated, and it usually occurs in conjunction with physical symptoms of anxiety. Mental anxiety involves things like:

  • Uncontrollable Thinking
  • What-ifs or Doomsday Scenarios
  • Desire to Escape Situations
  • Constant Worry
  • Feeling Out of Control
  • Irritability
  • Self-Defeating Thoughts
  • Feeling Disconnected
  • Avoidance

Uncontrollable thinking occurs when the same thoughts continue to come into the mind, even though we don’t want to think about them. It also occurs when the mind envisions bad things happening without provocation. Similarly, what-ifs and doomsday scenarios are normal, but if they pop into the mind quite frequently, it’s a sign of problematic anxiety.

The desire to escape situations that seemingly pose no real threat to person or property is a key indicator of significant anxiety levels. This type of anxiety often relates to situations in the past that have not been emotionally processed.

Feeling disconnected to others can also be a sign of unhealthy anxiety, as well as avoidance of people and situations. These are strong indicators that anxiety is affecting behaviors, especially if the avoidance behaviors concern responsibilities and daily tasks.

Anxiety often mirrors symptoms of depression, and the two disorders frequently go hand-in-hand. For more information about anxiety and well-being, contact us.